Events calendar

Why not join us at one of our forthcoming events to learn more about bumblebees and the work of the Trust?

May
31
Thu
Beginner’s Bumblebee Identification Course @ Aberdeen
May 31 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for a fun beginner’s course where we will cover the identification of our most common bumblebee species and introduce the ecology, lifecycle and conservation of these iconic beasties. This is a free event, donations are welcome.

What will you need: a lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk [If you have a hand lens or ID guide then do bring them along]

Advance booking is required using our online booking form.

Jun
1
Fri
Intermediate’s Bumblebee Identification Course @ The Davis Hall, Somerset
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This intermediate course with Dr Richard Comont will cover the identification of all UK species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. Suitable for persons who can already identify the Big Seven species.

Please note, the day will be split in two locations – the morning session will be at The Davis Hall (Howell Hill, West Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7QX) and in the afternoon the practical session will be at Lytes Cary Manor (near Somerton, TA11 7HU).

Advance booking is essential. Please email daisy.headley@bumblebeeconservation.org

Jun
2
Sat
Beginner’s Bumblebee Identification Course @ Maddocks Farm Organics, Devon
Jun 2 @ 9:45 am – 4:00 pm

Bumblebee ID course with Dr Richard Comont, where you will cover the identification of our most common bumblebee species and introduce the ecology, lifecycle and conservation of these iconic beasties.

Please click here to go to the Maddocks Farm Organics site where you can book this course!

The cost of the course is £40 and ALL proceeds are donated to the Trust.


Itinerary for the day:

9.45 Arrive for tea/coffee
10am Presentation on bumblebee ecology and surveying by The Bumblebee Conservation Trust
10-45 Coffee and brownies
11.05 Presentation on bumblebee ID
12.00 Lunch with Maddocks Farm Organics award winning produce and edible flowers.
12.45 Field ID session of bumblebees around the organic edible flower field at Maddocks Farm Organics
3.30 Questions about Maddocks Farm Organics and edible flower growing for those that want to hang around for a while with Jan Billington from Maddocks Farm Organics.
4pm departure.

Beginner’s Bumblebee Identification Course @ Dinnet, Aberdeenshire
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join us for a fun beginner’s course where we will cover the identification of our most common bumblebee species and introduce the ecology, lifecycle and conservation of these iconic beasties. This is a free event, donations are welcome.

What will you need: a lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk [If you have a hand lens or ID guide then do bring them along]

Advance booking is required using our online booking form.

A Bumblebee Identification Workshop @ Gayton Village Hall
Jun 2 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Learn how to identify the social bumblebees and cuckoo bumblebees likely to be seen in your garden and local area. This event is free of charge although a donation to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust would be welcome. This day is led by BBCT volunteer Ron Rock and will include a bumblebee identification walk in the afternoon, weather permitting. Please bring stout footwear and clothing to suit the conditions outside.

Trust merchandise will be available to purchase on the day.

Refreshments provided (please bring a packed lunch)

Call Ron on 01785 251180 to book your place or email ronrock@phonecoop.coop

Bioblitz and Nature Fun Day! @ Claypits Local Nature Reserve, Glasgow
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon at the Claypits Local Nature Reserve in the heart of Glasgow.  Wildlife experts will be on hand to help us explore and record the natural wonders to be found in this city centre reserve, from birds and butterflies to pond creatures and wildflowers.  We will also have plenty of fun activities for families.  Part of the RSPB Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival 2018.

Contact: Claire Martin, claire@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk

Jun
3
Sun
Boston Flower Show, Lincolnshire @ Central Park, Boston
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Boston Flower Show will take place on Sunday 3rd June 2018 in Central Park, Boston, Lincolnshire. There will be a children’s floral collage competition and an adults floral arrangement competition is themed ‘Around the World’. Both competitions are free to enter, to register just email events@boston.gov.uk before Monday 28th May. There will be stalls, free family crafts and walk about entertainers.’

Website: www.visitbostonuk.com/event/boston-flower-show/

Jun
4
Mon
Intermediate’s Bumblebee Identification Course @ Braunton Countryside Centre, Devon
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

This intermediate course with Dr Richard Comont will cover the identification of all UK species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. Suitable for persons who can already identify the Big Seven species.

Advance booking is essential, please email cathy.horsley@bumblebeeconservation.org

Jun
6
Wed
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm

Our Pollinating the Peak project team will be at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show all week so come and find us in the Bee Dome where you can get up close and personal with bumblebees, find out more about the iconic Bilberry bumblebee and take a look inside a bumblebee nest – or join us every day at 2pm in the Discover and Grow marquee to make seed balls that you can take home – and Feed the Bees!

Ticket prices vary – adult ticket includes free admission for two children under 16.

Booking online rhschatsworth.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options

 

Jun
9
Sat
BioBlitz, Pittville Park @ Pittville Park, Cheltenham
Jun 9 all-day

The bioscience students of The University of Gloucestershire are organising a BioBlitz event this summer as part of the Cheltenham Science Festival! In collaboration with staff from the University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Cheltenham Borough Council and naturalists and experts from across the region!

What is a BioBlitz?

‘Bio’ means ‘life’ and ‘Blitz’ means ‘to do something quickly and intensively’. Together they make ‘BioBlitz’; we are racing against the clock to discover as many species within Pitville Park as possible within a 24 hour period. BioBlitz’s involve members of the public working with naturalists and learning about the biodiversity of a site and how we can record different species. The records we gain will also help the Council better manage the site for its wildlife.

We have so far a fantastic range of surveys throughout the day;

Starting bright and early with a dawn chorus survey, counting tree species, flowers, bees, mammals and much more throughout the day!


I am Charlotte a second year Ecology & Environmental student, a survey Coordinator in the BioBlitz and my job is to recruit you!!

Are you keen naturalist, passionate about your local area? Do you have a strong interest in a particular species group?

Have enough knowledge to run your own survey, or help us with some of the surveys we already have running? Or would just like to volunteer, work with members of the public and help us run the event on the day?

We want you!

Or are you a charity, business or local organisation and would like to have your own stand to promote your cause?

We want you too!!

If this is not enough to get your interest, head over to our website and Facebook page to check out details of our BioBlitz! https://www.facebook.com/CheltBioBlitz/

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