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.


May 9th
Bumblebee ID workshop - Mournes, Northern Ireland

There will be a bumblebee ID and surveying workshop at Silent Valley near Kilkeel on May 9th.

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.


May 10th
Bumblebee safari at Steyning Downland, West Sussex

Sam Page from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust will be leading a guided Bumblebee Safari at Steyning Downland on Sunday 10th May from 2pm-4pm. It will be a chance to see bumblebees up close and learn more about their remarkable lives.

It is suitable for children (accompanied by adult) and dogs on leads. It is free to attend, and no booking is required.

The meeting point is the grass bank behind Mouse Cottage, off Mouse Lane, Steyning. For more information contact


May 23rd
Bee-friendly plant sale/ swap, Thurso

10.30 - 15.00 at Bee Bubble Garden, Ormlie

Do you have spare bee-friendly seedlings or plants? Self-seeded flowers in the wrong place? Clumps of perennials need splitting and no room?

Pot them up with a label, and bring them along to swap for something else - or just come along and buy something even if you don’t have anything to swap

Thurso plant swap

For more information, contact


June 13th
Bumblebee Identification for Beginners, Caithness

10am – 3.30pm, Castlehill Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG

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 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

Places are FREE but limited, so booking is essential.
For more information, or to book a space, please fill in this online booking form.


May 29th - 31st
Gardening Scotland, Edinburgh

Come along and join us in the Living Garden at this year's Gardening Scotland. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to tell you all about gardening for bumblebees and the exciting work that BBCT is doing to protect the Great yellow bumblebee. There will even be a talk on the Saturday at 1pm about the things you can do to help bees in your garden.

The show will be open to the public from Friday 29 May - Sunday 31 May and takes place at the Royal Highland Showground beside Edinburgh Airport.

For full details about the show and to book tickets, visit