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.


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: or telephone 01608 645792 for further information.


Sunday 22 May 2016
Bumblebee Identification Workshop for Beginners

Penryn Campus
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 or call 07854611724.


Sunday 22 May 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: or telephone: 0116 2705833

Wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions [wet/sun].


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:

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.


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
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