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Entry-level bumblebee Identification

A close-up of a Common carder bumblebee feeding on a purple flower.

Date: 13 June 2024
Time: 9:30am to 3.30 pm
Location: Red River Inn, 1 Prosper Hill, Gwithian, TR27 5BW (what3words)
Cost: Free

Join Science Manager Dr Richard Comont and SW Project Officer Pip Cook for a day of bumblebee identification and monitoring.

This free workshop is suitable for bumblebee beginners and is being offered as part of our new project, the Moss Carder bees of Cornwall. These beautiful ginger and yellow bumblebees are a rare, conservation priority species and we will be looking for them, as well as the other more common bumblebee species that you are likely to encounter on the coast of Cornwall.

We will start off indoors for a presentation learning the basics of bumblebee ecology, how to identify the most common and widespread bumblebee species, and the importance of recording as an essential part of their conservation.

We will break for lunch then head outside on to the nearby sand dunes to see how many different species of bumblebee we can find. We will be walking for approximately two hours with plenty of stops. The terrain is uneven with slopes.

Come dressed for part of the day to take place outdoors with sturdy footwear, weather-appropriate clothing and sun cream. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks.

There is some free parking in the Red River Inn carpark. Also, roadside parking in Gwithian village and free parking at Gwithian Green Nature Reserve (what3words).

Please be aware that at this event, we will be catching (and releasing) bumblebees to take a closer look for identification purposes. We may also examine dead specimens.

Places are limited. Booking is essential.

The morning presentation will be in the Tapas Room, a building found to the left of the main pub. In the afternoon we will be walking on the nearby Gwithian Towans.