Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Intermediates
About the event
The day begins in the classroom, with a discussion on bumblebee conservation and decline, evolution, lifecycle and their autecology. We will cover identification of all UK species, and there will be opportunities to view pinned specimens. In the afternoon, we will walk around the Tyland Barn nature reserve garden and meadows. Each participant will be given a net, hand lens and ID sheet for collection.
The objective will be to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills of bumblebee ecology and identification.
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
- Identify all species of bumblebees found in the UK
- Understand more about the lifecycle, conservation and/or ecology of the bumblebee
- Learn about field survey techniques
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 Kent Field Club, and Geoff Allen, Expert on bees, wasps and ants, and Recorder for Kent Field Club.
Suitable for those who know how to identify the big seven and wish to further their skills in other species. It is recommended you have attended a beginners study day.
Photo: Bumblebee on Knapweed (Richard Moyse)
Know before you go
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, packed lunch and a hand lens and a bumblebee identification guide if you have them, e.g. The Bumblebee; an introduction by Gammans et al, Field Guide to the Bumblebees of Great Britain and Ireland by Mike Edwards and Martin Jenner, or Bumblebees by Oliver E Prys-Jones and Sarah A Corbet (Naturalists’ Handbooks no. 6).
Guidebooks, hand-lens are available to borrow or buy on the day.