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Ecology of Bumblebees and their Identification for Intermediates

bumblebee surveyor carrying out bumblebee identification in field

Date: Saturday 10 August 2024
Time: 10:30 – 16:00
Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone
Cost: Standard: £37.50. Concessionary fee: £5 discount

(Concessions ticket includes: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students)

We shall begin in the classroom, with a discussion on bumblebee conservation and decline, evolution, lifecycle and their autecology. We will then cover identification of all UK species with opportunities to view pinned specimens.

In the afternoon, we will walk around the Tyland Barn visitor center garden and meadows. Each participant will be given a net, hand lens and ID sheet for collection.

Key Objective: To enhance participants’ knowledge and skills of bumblebee ecology and identification.

Students should leave the day with a clear idea of how they can carry forward their interest and continue their study of bumblebees.

Led by Dr Nikki Gammans, Conservation Project Manager for SE England and Geoff Allen, expert on bees, wasps and ants, and recorder for Kent Field Club.

This day is suitable for persons who know how to identify the big seven and wish to further their skills in other bumblebee species.