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Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Intermediates

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
An identification day for all bumblebee species of Britain - includes in depth ecology and lifecycle.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10:30am - 4:00pm
A static map of 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)


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, 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.


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012