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.


April 11th
Buzz around the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Come along to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE) on 11th April to discover what bumblebees make the Gardens their home. We'll be there from 11am-4pm, leading guided bumblebee safaris to allow you to get up close to bumblebees.

Guided walks will be taking place throughout the day, and are free to attend and allocated on a first-come basis. We'll also have stall with information on gardening for bees and bumblebee samples to look at. Go to the Real Life Science Studio at the John Hope Gateway to find out what time the walks are at.

Visit the RBGE website for more information.


April 11th
EdSciFest - What about the bees?

EdSciFest logoDissection Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Our Conservation Manager, Gill Perkins will be joining Prof Adam Hart from the University of Gloucestershire, Dr Helen Roy from the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Warren Bader of Plan Bee Ltd for this discussion as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

For more information about the event and to book your place, visit the Science Festival website. Tickets cost £12 (£10 concession).

You will also be able to take some citizen action by making your own seed-bombs to take away, and sample Plan Bee Ltd’s delicious honey and honeybee beer.


April 14th
Bumblebee ID and survey course, Derbyshire

Dr Richard Comont will deliver a workshop to introduce bumblebee identification and survey techniques at The Whistlestop Centre, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those interested in improving their skills, and the aim is that attendees will go on to become involved in our BeeWalk survey.

It will take place on Tuesday 14th April, and last from 10am-4pm. Booking is essential, and can be done by contacting Ruth or Louise at or calling 01773 881188.


April 18th
Bumblebee ID workshop - Armagh, Northern Ireland

There will be a bumblebee ID and surveying workshop at Oxford Island National Nature Reserve in Craigavon, Co. Armagh, on April 18th.

Join us for this free event to learn about one of our most important groups of pollinating insects. Learn about bumblebee ecology, how to identify the common species, and how to record them. Weather permitting, we'll go outside for a bumblebee safari and get up close and personal with these wonderful insects.

Booking is essential, and you can reserve your place by emailing This workshop is a training event for the Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme, which collects data on the bumblebees of Ireland and works closely with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

This event is not suitable for young children.
Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a walk outdoors.


April 20th
Introduction to Bumblebee Ecology and Identification

Lytes Cary National Trust, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7HU 

This one day course, run in conjunction with Natural England, will give you an introduction to the ecology and identification of bumblebees. It will also cover basic land management techniques that will benefit bumblebees, with reference to the new countryside stewardship wild pollinator package.

The course is free, but please bring your own lunch and suitable clothing/foot wear for an afternoon site visit. We will provide a Bumblebee Conservation Trust Bumblebee Identification guide, nets and pots.  

To book your place, please contact Aoife O'Rourke (

For more details please click here.