Bumblebee on knapweed, photo by Richard Moyse

Photo by Richard Moyse

Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Beginners

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


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 their 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 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

Adults, Beginners

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012