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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Monday 16 May 2016
Beginners Bumblebee Identification training

Over Norton Village Hall
Choice Hill Road
Over Norton
Oxfordshire, OX7 5PP

Time: 10am

Join Richard Comont, Data Monitoring Officer at Bumblebee Conservation Trust for some bumblebee indentification training. Learn more about the role these charismatic insects play and how you can help identify them.

Booking details: Craig Blackwell -  email: craigblackwell@waitrose.com or telephone 01608 645792 for further information.

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Sunday 22 May 2016
Bumblebee Identification Workshop for Beginners

Penryn Campus
Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9FE

Time: 10am – 4pm

This workshop is an opportunity for complete beginners to learn how to identify bumblebees, some of the UKs most important pollinators! Led by Richard Comont, Data Monitoring Officer for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the day will start with an indoor introduction to our native bumblebee species, with some handy identification tips, followed by an outdoor session where we will look for bumblebees ourselves. The day will also focus on giving you information on how you can use your identification skills to start a BeeWalk in your local area, these are a great way for you to help monitor our bumblebees.

Booking details: This event costs £5. To book a place please contact: Beth Roberts on B.R.Roberts@exeter.ac.uk or call 07854611724.

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Friday 27 May 2016
Bumblebee Identification and Monitoring

Environmental Resource Centre & Silent Valley Nature Reserve
Ebbw Vale
Blaenau Gwent
NP23 6AL

Time: 10am - 4pm

This is an opportunity to learn about the ecology and monitoring of bumblebees in the Eastern Valleys with Gwent Wildlife Trust and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. It is also a chance to develop ID skills and knowledge of bumblebees. The day is split into two parts; the morning is focussed on ecology, monitoring and ID training at the ERC and the afternoon will involve going to Silent Valley nature reserve and putting theory into practice.

Booking is essential. Please telephone: 01600 740600 or email: info@gwentwildlife.org

Please note: the event begins at ERC, Ebbw Vale followed by a chance to put your new skills to the test at Silent Valley Local Nature Reserve.

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Saturday 28 May 2016
*CANCELLED* Bumblebee Identification for Beginners Caithness

We regret to announce that the following event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to reschedule the event in the coming months.

Castlehill Heritage Centre
Harbour Road
Castletown
Caithness KW14 8TG

Time: 10am – 3.30pm

This is a FREE event, but limited so booking is essential. Click here to book your place.

Have you ever wondered where bumblebees live, why there are fewer than there used to be, and what you can do to help them? As part of the North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival, this one day workshop will give you an introduction to the ecology and identification of bumblebees. We’ll hear presentations in the morning at Castlehill, followed by an afternoon site visit around the beautiful gardens and heritage flagstone trail. 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 katy.malone@bumblebeeconservation.org.

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Saturday 4 June 2016
Bumblebee Identification for Beginners

Gatwick Airport
West Sussex
RH6 0NP

Time: 10am - 3pm

Join Richard Comont, Data Monitoring Officer at Bumblebee Conservation Trust for some bumblebee indentification training. Learn more about the role these charismatic insects play and how you can help identify them.

For further information, please contact: Rachel.Bicker@gatwickairport.com or telephone 07807 686 900.