Bumblebee on knapweed, photo by Richard Moyse

Photo by Richard Moyse

Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Learn about the biology and ecology of these attractive, charismatic insects, how to identify our most common and rarest species and practise your skills in the field; to include an update on the Bombus subterraneus reintroduction project.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10.30am -4pm
A static map of Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners

About the event

The day begins in the classroom, with an introduction to bumblebee conservation, decline, lifecycle and ecology. We will cover the basics of bumblebee identification of the most common and rarest bumblebees, and there will be opportunities to view pinned specimens.

The afternoon will be spent finding and identifying bumblebees at the Trust’s Tyland Barn garden and meadows.

The objective will be to give students the basic skills and confidence to begin studying and identifying bumblebees on their own. Students should leave the day with a clear idea of how they can carry forward their interest and continue their study of bumblebees.

Led by Dr Nikki Gammans, Bumblebee Project Manager, Short-haired Bumblebee Reintroduction Project and President of Kent Field Club, and Geoff Allen, expert on bees, wasps and ants, and recorder for Kent Field Club.

Suitable for beginners and improvers


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Wheelchair accessible. All surface path around wildlife garden. Pond with accessible platform. Disabled access to the barn and nature park (with its short nature trail) is very good.

What to bring

Outdoor clothing and footwear

A packed lunch and drink.

A hand-lens and a bumblebee identification guide if you have them. Guidebooks and hand-lens are available to borrow or buy on the day.


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012