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.

Blooms for Bees Events

Blooms for Bees is a partnership initiative, launching on the 20 June 2016 to promote bee-friendly gardening. The aim is to engage the public and explore which bumblebees visit their gardens and allotments and discover which flowers are bumblebee favourites.

You can visit the Blooms for Bees events page to register for one of the fantastic free talks, walks and workshops starting today!

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Thursday 9 June 2016
Bumblebee Identification for Beginners - Anstruther

Comielaw Farm
Pittenweem
Fife, KY10 2RE
Time: 10am – 3.30pm

Places are FREE but limited, so booking is essential via this online booking form

Have you ever wondered where bumblebees live, why there are fewer than there used to be, and what you can do to help them? This one day workshop, run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, will give you an introduction to the ecology and identification of bumblebees. We’ll hear presentations in the morning at Comielaw Farm (near Pittenweem), followed by an afternoon site visit around local farmland which is undergoing conversion to organic management. The course will be useful for anyone wishing to find out about bumblebees and improve their identification skills. Find out about:

• The ecology and life cycle of a bumblebee
• Understand the challenges facing bumblebee species, especially the ultra-rare Great yellow bumblebee
• Recognise important features that will support bumblebees in a range of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands and farmland
• Identify distinguishing characteristics of different bumblebees and how to spot a queen, worker and male
• Identify five common bumblebee species
• Why we need more data about bee populations, and how to carry out a simple monitoring transect.

For more information, please contact admin@bumblebeeconservation.org, or call 01786 594133.

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Saturday 11 June 2016
Bumblebee Identification for Beginners - Arbroath

OB’s Café
19 West Port
Arbroath
Angus DD11 1RF
Time: 10am – 3.30pm

Places are FREE but limited, so booking is essential via this online booking form

Have you ever wondered where bumblebees live, why there are fewer than there used to be, and what you can do to help them? This one day workshop, run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, will give you an introduction to the ecology and identification of bumblebees. We’ll hear presentations in the morning at Comielaw Farm (near Pittenweem), followed by an afternoon site visit around a local farm which is being managed to encourage wildlife. The course will be useful for anyone wishing to find out about bumblebees and improve their identification skills. Find out about:

•  The ecology and life cycle of a bumblebee
•  Understand the challenges facing bumblebee species, especially the ultra-rare Great yellow bumblebee
•  Recognise important features that will support bumblebees in a range of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands and farmland
•  Identify distinguishing characteristics of different bumblebees and how to spot a queen, worker and male
•  Identify five common bumblebee species
•  Why we need more data about bee populations, and how to carry out a simple monitoring transect.

For more information, please contact admin@bumblebeeconservation.org, or call 01786 594133.

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Saturday 18 June 2016
Bumblebee Safari

Lytes Cary Manor
Charlton Mackrell
Somerset TA11 7HU
Time
: 2pm to 3.30pm

Join one of our volunteers, John Butler, for a guided walk around the National Trust’s Lytes Cary estate. We will catch and look at the different bumblebee species up close, learning how to identify each species, and try to find the rare Shrill carder bumblebee.

Meet at reception at Lytes Cary Manor ready to depart at 2pm. For directions click here.

The safari around the estate is free, but normal National Trust admission charges will apply to the house and gardens. Please book via the National Trust, by phone on 01458 224471, or email lytescarymanor@nationaltrust.org.uk

This event is suitable for adults and older children wearing outdoor clothing and footwear appropriate for rough field margins and long grass.

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Sunday 19 June 2016
Bumblebee ID and survey workshop

Wildside Activity Centre
Whitmore Reans
Wolverhampton, 
WV6 0HA

Time: 11am - 4pm

This is a FREE event, although a donation to the centre would be welcome.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust volunteer, Ron Rock will deliver a workshop to introduce bumblebee identification and survey techniques. Learn how to identify the social bumblebees and cuckoo bumblebees likely to be seen in your garden and local area. This event is based at Wildside and the day will include a bumblebee identification walk in the afternoon, weather permitting.

Refreshments provided (please bring a packed lunch).

Call Wildside on 01902 572240 to book your place.
Or e-mail ronrock@phonecoop.coop

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Saturday 25 June 2016
Bumblebee Safari

Mugdock Country Park
Craigallian Road
Nr. Milngavie
G62 8EL
Time: 2.30pm - 3.15pm

Join one of our Bumblebee Conservation Trust volunteers, Shona Menzies, on a short walk in the walled garden at Mugdock Country Park. See different species up close and find out about the many fascinating facts about bumblebees!

There will be an indoor display if the weather is unsuitable for the walk. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Donations are welcomed for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Booking is essential (places limited to 15) on 0141-956-6100/6586. For information about the facilities at Mugdock Country Park, and directions, please visit their website on www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk