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.


May 23rd
Bee-friendly plant sale/ swap, Thurso

10.30 - 15.00 at Bee Bubble Garden, Ormlie

Do you have spare bee-friendly seedlings or plants? Self-seeded flowers in the wrong place? Clumps of perennials need splitting and no room?

Pot them up with a label, and bring them along to swap for something else - or just come along and buy something even if you don’t have anything to swap

Thurso plant swap

For more information, contact


May 29th - 31st
Gardening Scotland, Edinburgh

Come along and join us in the Living Garden at this year's Gardening Scotland. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell you all about gardening for bumblebees and the exciting work that BBCT is doing to protect the Great yellow bumblebee. There will even be a talk on the Saturday at 1pm about the things you can do to help bees in your garden.

The show will be open to the public from Friday 29 May - Sunday 31 May and takes place at the Royal Highland Showground beside Edinburgh Airport.

For full details about the show and to book tickets, visit


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
Tel: 0116 - 2705833

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


June 7th
Identifying Devon Bumblebees

Paignton Zoo, Devon

This introductory course led by County Bee Recorder Steven Carroll will enable you to learn more about common bumblebees and how to identify them at home.

The course will cover: 

  • How to identify bumblebees  
  • Species found in Devon
  • The lifecycle of a bumblebee
  • How you can help them at home


£9.50 per person. Booking is essential. Please go to the Zoo's website to book online.


June 20th
Beginners ID and survey course, Kent

Dr Nikki Gammans from the Short-haired bumblebee reintroduction project will be leading a course in basic bumblebee ID and survey techniques. Attendees will learn more about the bumblebee life cycle, what we can all do to help the, and how to identify the common species.

The event will take place at Kent Wildlife Trust's Tyland Barn Visitor Centre, from 10.30am-3pm on 20th June 2015, and bookings should be made through Kent Wildlife Trust (click here).