Bees Wasps & Ants Recording Society

BWARS - welcome to our website

BWARS is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland. Read more

Maps, photos, life histories and more...

The BWARS website contains pages for each British and Irish species of bee, wasp and ant. Most pages contain a detailed account, distribution map, photos, life history and conservation status. Features such as videos and identification advice are being added over time.

You can find species accounts in three ways

  • Browse through the Species
  • Select a species from the A-Z of species
  • Type a species name into the search box at the top right of any page or the search box at the top left of the A-Z of species

More ways to explore the site...

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BWARS 2015 AGM programme

Oxford University Natural History Museum, Saturday & Sunday 17 - 18 October
Download the provsional programme here

Map of Oxford University Museum


Ivy bee - Colletes hederae season in full swing

The Colletes hederae records this year have been pouring in with over 200 received so far, adding another 35 10x10km grid squares to the maps. Please keep looking for this distinctive bee on ivy. Send BWARS your records to help us in our long term project, recording the spread of this bee across Britain. Repeat records from known sites are also helpful to us

Records can be submitted online here


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