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Introduction to Solitary Bees NEW

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Fully booked
An introduction to the ecology and identification of solitary bees, with a mixture of classroom and field sessions.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10am - 4pm
A static map of Introduction to Solitary Bees NEW

About the event

The morning will be spent in the classroom finding out about the ecology of solitary bees and the best places to find them. There will be a further presentation focusing on their identification, which will introduce the different groups of solitary bees and highlight some of the more common species.

After lunch, we will explore the wildlife garden at Tyland Barn. There will be plenty of time to practise catching solitary bees with a net and having a closer look at them in the field.

There will be opportunities throughout the day to look at the different identification resources available for this group and there will be a chance to look more closely at specimens in the classroom.

It is expected that by the end of the day you will:

  • Have gained a better understanding of the ecology of solitary bees and where to find them
  • Be able to recognise some of the more common solitary bee species
  • Be confident catching and examining solitary bees in the field

This course is now fully booked but you can add your name to the waiting list by clicking on the orange 'Join Waitlist' button further down this page. 


Phone number

01622 662012


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

Additional booking information

Please note that if the weather is bad, the plan for the day may get swapped around to accommodate being outside in the best weather. If it is going to be bad for the whole day the afternoon session will involve having a closer look at solitary bee specimens under a microscope and using identification keys.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Tyland Barn is a wheelchair accessible site, including areas of the wildlife garden, which is fairly flat and has some hard surfaced paths.

What to bring

Hand lens, net and pots (all will be provided but can bring own), notebook, packed lunch and drink.


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012