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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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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Sunday 12 June 2016
Wildlife Training Workshop: Bumblebee Identification and Monitoring

Old Sulehay
Stamford
Northamptonshire

Time: 10am - 4pm

Invertebrates

Join Richard Comont, Data Monitoring Officer at Bumblebee Conservation Trust with Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire for a day of bumblebee indentification. Easily recognisable as a genus, bumblebees can be difficult to identify to species. Learn more about the role these charismatic insects play, and how to contribute to monitoring the group.

Booking details: Telephone 01604 774031 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9am - 2.30pm) or book by email: trainingworkshops@wildlifebcn.org

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Sunday 12 June 2016
Bumblebee Safari

Kenwood House
Hampstead Lane
London, NW3 7JR
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

This is a FREE event, with any donations welcomed.

Join our Bumblebee Conservation Trust volunteers Allan Watson and Vicky Coghill, for a guided bumblebee walk on Hampstead Heath. You'll have a chance to see lots of bumblebees up close, learn how to identify the common species and find out more about the amazing life cycle of a bumblebee.

Places are limited, so please contact Allan Watson at: allanwatson99@googlemail.com or call 07808 738 051 to book your place.

Please meet outside the garden coffee shop, next to the café at Kenwood House at 2:00pm. The walk will last for approximately one and a half hours. No previous knowledge is needed and both adults and accompanied children are welcome.

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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
Buzzing about at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden Workshop

The University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Glebe Road
Oadby, Leicester

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Meet at the Knoll public entrance on Glebe Road.
Ordnance Survey Grid Ref: SK615015
Landranger Map 140

This is a FREE workshop - but please email the leader to book your place - spaces for each workshop limited to the first ten adults.

A practical hands-on search for local bumblebees foraging around the flower borders in the Botanic Garden. Learn to catch and identify them and find out about their lives and the plants that they need.

Maggie Frankum, local naturalist; Bumblebee Conservation Trust; Friend of the Botanic Garden, Leics. Entomological Society; Leics & Rutland Wildlife Trust, wildlife gardener will lead this event.

Email: maggiefrankum@uwclub.net or telephone: 0116 2705833

Wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions [wet/sun].