BWARS member Steven Falk's much anticipated Field Guide to Bees of Great Britain and Ireland has been published. This is the first extensive guide to all the British and Irish bee species since Edward Saunder's 1896 tome - The Hymenoptera Aculeata of the British Islands. The new field guide is 432 pages, with keys, species accounts and many photographs of nearly every species. In addition there are many illustrations by renowned insect illustrator Richard Lewington.
I would like to ask for expert opinions on why some Hymenoptera species, e.g. Anthophora bimaculata, Nomada species exhibit various eye colours and how do they benefit from e.g having green or red eyes?
A Combined indoor and field meeting at the University of Sussex for both experts and those wishing to extend their entomological interests. Ideal for students.
A series of short introductory talks on several insect groups will include comments on taxonomy, identification and collecting techniques. Participants will then have the opportunity to collect specimens on the campus and in Stanmer Park, and then process and identify their material in the lab under expert guidance.
BWARS is affiliated to The British Entomological and Natural History Society and the BENHS meeting at Oxford University Museum is open to members and non-members alike. As well as a short AGM, there is a wide range of subjects covered in the talks and presentations - from Forensic Entomology to Steven Falk talking about his new Bee Book
Speakers include Gavin Broad (NHML), Simon Leather (Harper Adams), Allessandro Giusti and Alberto Zilli (NHML)
Timings: 10.00 -17.00
Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, OXFORD, OX1 3PW
Location: Rye Harbour, East Sussex
Course Leader: Dr Nikki Gammans
Indoor and outdoor sessions looking at bumblebee identification, ecology, behaviour, lifecycle and conservation. We will also discuss gardening for bumblebees and other insect pollinators. No previous knowledge required.
Join BBCT's Conservation Officer, Katy Malone for a guided walk, as part of the North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival, to find some of the numerous colourful bumblebees in the county and learn about their fascinating lives. Will we find the rare great yellow bumblebee? Join us in the search! No booking required.
Venue: Castlehill Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG
Have you ever wondered where bumblebees live, why there are fewer than there used to be, and what you can do to help them? As part of the North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival, this one day Beginners' workshop will give you an introduction to the ecology and identification of bumblebees. We’ll hear presentations in the morning at Castlehill, followed by an afternoon site visit around the beautiful gardens and heritage flagstone trail. The course will be useful for anyone wishing to find out about bumblebees and improve their identification skills.
This Residential workshop on plant-pollinator monitoring (led by Damien Hicks, Graham Stone and Pierre Ouverard) will focus on taxonomic identification, robust field survey and inference, and floral assay for pollen and nectar. We will cater for all levels of experience and all are welcome. Please feel free to use our growing image collection of UK flower visitor specimens at https://www.flickr.com/photos/132220632@N04/sets/