Refresher’s ID and BeeWalk survey training

March 18, 2020 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Kinlochbervie Hotel, Lairg IV27 4RP [northwest Sutherland]

Bumblebees are icons of the British summer, but they’re in trouble.  Bumblebees are declining across the country (we’ve already lost two species), and to better understand the reasons why, we need data – lots of data – on where we can find the remaining bees, how many there are and what they’re doing.

That’s where BeeWalk comes in.  BeeWalk is a national recording scheme run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to monitor the abundance of bumblebees on transects across the country.  These transects would be impossible without volunteers, who identify and count the bumblebees they see on a monthly walk along a set route from March to October.

In partnership with the John Muir Trust, we have organised two training sessions in Kinlochbervie. The first workshop (11 – 12.30pm) will focus on a refresher ID session for the ‘Big 6’ common bumblebee species plus a couple of rarer ones, and the second (1.30 – 3pm) will cover how to get started with becoming a BeeWalker. It includes a practice field session nearby. Come along for either session or both, as you feel able. All welcome!

Light refreshments provided. Please bring a packed lunch if you intend to come to both sessions.

This is a partnership event with the John Muir Trust.

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