Events

2017 will be another exciting year with events up and down the country! Take a look to see if there is a workshop or Bee ID training event you could attend & learn so much more about bumblebees!

We will list other conservation-based exhibitions, activities & shows as we find out - please keep checking.

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Sunday 7 August 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].

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Monday 8 August 2016
Bumblebee Identification for Beginners - RSPB Loch Leven

RSPB Loch Leven
nr. Kinross
Perth and Kinross, KY13 9LX

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 training 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 Vane Farm nature reserve, followed by an afternoon site visit around the reserve to look for bees and key wildflower habitats. 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 six common bumblebee species
  • Why we need more data about bee populations.

To book your place please go to the booking form.   

For more information about RPBS Loch Leven, please contact Erin Sulton at the RSPB office on 01577 86235.

 For information about the course and booking, please contact admin@bumblebeeconservation.org.

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Saturday 13 August 2016 Bumblebee Safari

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
The Wolseley Centre
Wolseley Bridge
Staffordshire ST17 0WT
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Join our Bumblebee Conservation Trust volunteer Ron Rock, for a guided bumblebee walk at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wolseley Centre. See different bumblebee species up close and learn about their life cycles, what flowers they feed on and how you can help these amazing creatures. 

The cost is £3 per adult (children go free) with the proceeds split between the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Please book your place by calling: 01889 880100 or email ronrock@phonecoop.coop

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Wednesday 17 August 2016
Bumblebee Walk

RSPB Newport Wetlands, NP18 2BZR

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Price: £3 RSPB & Bumblebee Conservation Trust members / £5 non-members (Booking essential)

Join Sinead Lynch, Conservation Officer for Wales for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, to look for the rare bees found at Newport Wetlands. The UK’s rarest bumblebee, the Shrill carder bee – is regularly found at Newport Wetlands where it forages on the abundant flowers along the paths. There are other rare bees found on the reserve and surrounding area and we will look out for them during the walk, as well as discussing the ecology, lifecycle and conservation of these fascinating insects.

For further information and booking: Telephone: 01633 636363 or e-mail: newport-wetlands@rspb.org.uk

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Wednesday 17 August 2016
Bumblebee Safari

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
The Wolseley Centre
Wolseley Bridge
Staffordshire ST17 0WT
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Join our Bumblebee Conservation Trust volunteer Ron Rock, for a guided bumblebee walk at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wolseley Centre. See different bumblebee species up close and learn about their life cycles, what flowers they feed on and how you can help these amazing creatures.  

The cost is £3 per adult (children go free) with the proceeds split between the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Please book your place by calling: 01889 880100 or email ronrock@phonecoop.coop