Events

Our outreach team and volunteers are involved in events up and down the country, to help you find out more about our work.

We also recommend a number of other conservation-based exhibitions, activities and shows.

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April 11th
EdSciFest - What about the bees?

EdSciFest logoDissection Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Our Conservation Manager, Gill Perkins will be joining Prof Adam Hart from the University of Gloucestershire, Dr Helen Roy from the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Warren Bader of Plan Bee Ltd for this discussion as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

For more information about the event and to book your place, visit the Science Festival website. Tickets cost £12 (£10 concession).

You will also be able to take some citizen action by making your own seed-bombs to take away, and sample Plan Bee Ltd’s delicious honey and honeybee beer.

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April 30th
Chesterfield Pollination Conference

Join us for our Chesterfield Pollination Conference!

Places at the conference are now fully booked, but the exhibition can still be visited for free.

Taking place in Chesterfield on April 30th, the programme includes a conference for those who want to learn more about pollination and managing their gardens or land for bees.
There will also be an all-day exhibition with lots of interactive exhibits including activities for children, beekeeping demonstrations and a chance to see live bumblebees in the bumblarium. Schools attending will need to register using the form here. Further information for Schools can be found here. Members and the general public do not need to book to visit the exhibition, but places at the conference should be booked by using the forms below.

The full conference programme can be downloaded by clicking here.

The conference and exhibition will be at The Winding Wheel, Holywell Street, Chesterfield

Places at the conference are now fully booked, but the exhibition can still be visited.

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May 9th
Bumblebee ID workshop - Mournes, Northern Ireland

There will be a bumblebee ID and surveying workshop at Silent Valley near Kilkeel on May 9th.

Join us for this free event to learn about one of our most important groups of pollinating insects. Learn about bumblebee ecology, how to identify the common species, and how to record them. Weather permitting, we'll go outside for a bumblebee safari and get up close and personal with these wonderful insects.

Booking is essential, and you can reserve your place by emailing Siobhan.thompson@mourne.co.uk. This workshop is a training event for the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme, which collects data on the bumblebees of Ireland and works closely with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

This event is not suitable for young children.
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a walk outdoors.

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May 10th
Bumblebee safari at Steyning Downland, West Sussex

Sam Page from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust will be leading a guided Bumblebee Safari at Steyning Downland on Sunday 10th May from 2pm-4pm. It will be a chance to see bumblebees up close and learn more about their remarkable lives.

It is suitable for children (accompanied by adult) and dogs on leads. It is free to attend, and no booking is required.

The meeting point is the grass bank behind Mouse Cottage, off Mouse Lane, Steyning. For more information contact sds@wistonestate.co.uk

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May 31st
Buzzing About in the University of Leicester Botanic Garden

Flowers need bumbles for pollination;  Bumbles need flowers to provide nectar (energy for flight) and pollen (protein for their developing young);  and Gardeners need both!

Why not join in a basic "hands-on" outdoor session to search for any bumbles foraging among the flowers at the Botanic Garden; identify the "regulars" and find out all about them and the plants that they need......then you will be able to check out those in your own garden.

WORKSHOP 1 - Sunday 31st May 2015, 2pm - 4pm

WORKSHOP 2 - Sunday 5th July 2015,   2pm - 4pm

WORKSHOP 3 - Sunday 2nd Aug 2015,  2pm - 4pm

Leader: Maggie Frankum, FULBG,  BBCT, LES,  LRWT, local VC55 naturalist...... wildlife gardener.........

Each FREE workshop is limited to 10 adults - first come first served - book your place ASAP
Contact:  maggiefrankum@uwclub.net
Tel: 0116 - 2705833

Meet at the Botanic Garden main entrance (The Knoll) on Glebe Road, Oadby, Leicester. (park at the roadside)