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 2 July 2017
Magical Meadows: A family fun day celebrating Dartmoor Meadows

Brimpts Farm
Dartmoor

Time: 11am - 4.30pm

A FREE event aimed at kindling children's interest in the natural world and an opportunity to walk in the beautiful award winning ancient hay meadows at Brimpts Farm, which are full of wildflowers.

There will be plenty of children's activities with a chance to make magical Wildflower Fairies and Fantastic Fairy Houses, including 'bee walks' with Cathy Horsley, Conservation Officer at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust or in a flutter with Butterfly Conservation!

No booking necessary.

For more details on this event and 'The 1st Meadow Makers' Conference' on Saturday 1 July, where the Bumblebee Conservation Trust will have a stand, visit: Moor Meadows

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Friday 7 July 2017
Bumblebee indetification and survey workshop

Lockerbie Town Hall
High Street
Lockerbie DG11 2ES

Time: 10am – 3pm


Join Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Surveys and GIS Officer Helen Dickinson, for a bumblebee identification and survey training day. Discover all about bumblebee ecology and details of the national recording scheme for bumblebees, BeeWalk.

The day will comprise of an indoor workshop session in the morning and weather permitting time outside in the afternoon putting your new identification skills into practice, catching and identifying bumblebees at Eskrigg Nature Reserve.


This workshop is free but donations to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust would be welcome to help cover out costs. This workshop is suitable for adults and older children (must be accompanied by an adult). Places are limited so booking is essential. Please use our online booking form, click here to book.


Please bring a packed lunch or money to by lunch locally, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing.

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Saturday 15 July 2017
Bumblebee Safari

Lytes Cary Manor
Charlton Mackrell
Somerset TA11 7HU

Time: 2pm - 3.30pm

This is a FREE event and donations to the Trust are always welcome.

Join our volunteer 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.

Please meet at reception at Lytes Cary Manor, ready to depart at 2pm.

For directions click here. 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. The walk may be cancelled or delayed in the event of rain at the scheduled start time.

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Saturday 15 July 2017
Introduction to bumblebee identification

Lytes Cary Manor
Charlton Mackrell
Somerset TA11 7HU

Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm

This is a FREE workshop. Booking is required as places are limited.

We will start with a classroom session learning how to identify queens, workers and males of each of the seven common species of bumblebee, and how to recognise a cuckoo bumblebee. After refreshments we will venture out on to the Lytes Cary estate for a hands-on identification session.

Minimum age 12 (accompanied by an adult).

To book your place, or for more information, contact John Butler by email: somerset@bumblebeeconservation.org

For directions to Lytes Cary click here.

If you would like to visit the house and gardens after the workshop then normal National Trust admission charges will apply.

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Sunday 16 July 2017
Bumblebee Identification Workshop

University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Glebe Road
Oadby
Leicester

Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm

This event is now fully booked.

A basic 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.

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

For more information, email: maggiefrankum@uwclub.net