Identification and Natural History of Bumblebees for Beginners (14/05/2022) Saturday, 14th May 2022 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tutor: Nikki Gammans
This course aims to give you an introduction to Bumblebees in the UK looking at their identification, behaviour, ecology and conservation.
Dr Nikki Gammans is from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and co-author of the recent book Bumblebees: An Introduction.
The day will start with an indoor session looking at the three types of bee, their identification, behaviour, life-cycles and ecology. We will then focus on the ecology, decline and conservation of bumblebees and how to identify the most common species, the 'Big 7'.
Many of the UK’s bumblebees are rare and have limited distribution in the UK. Nikki will be focussing on the ‘Big 7’ – the seven species you will encounter with regularity in Sussex. We will discuss each bumblebee’s identification and look at specimens as an aid for identification.
After lunch we will explore the Woods Mill reserve looking for bumblebees and put our new knowledge to the test. We’ll be identifying bees ‘in the field’ practising using nets and hand lenses while learning more about their behaviour and requirements. Nikki will also talk about bumblebee conservation and what can be done to help bees in our gardens and the wider countryside.
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