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Bumblebees: Intermediate identification and ecology course (BBCT)

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust announces an intermediate course to look at all the identification of all the  UK bumblebee species, and a detailed description of their ecology, life cycle and anatomy. Attendees will be assumed to be able to identify competently the "Big Seven"

The course costs £10 per head (includes tea and coffee) and run from 10.30 - 15.00

To book your place contact Dr. Nikki Gammans on nikki.gammans@bumblebeeconservation or telephone

RSPB Dungeness on 01797 320588

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26 March 2016

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Bumblebees: Beginners identification course (BBCT)

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust announces a beginners course to introduce you to the world of bumblebees and their ecology, lifecycle and conservation.

The course costs £10 per head (includes tea and coffee) and run from 10.30 - 15.00

To book your place contact Dr. Nikki Gammans on nikki.gammans@bumblebeeconservation or telephone RSPB Dungeness on 01797 320588

Booking essential to guarantee a place

 

All proceeds to the short-haired bumblebee project

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10 March 2016

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Thu, 10/03/2016

Bombus hypnorum worker was seen on 30 and 31 Dec 2015.

Hallo All,

A Bombus hypnorum worker was seen on 30 and 31 Dec 2015 at Yateley, Hampshire. This is the first time that I have been aware of evidence of a winter nest of B.hypnorum in the UK.

The autumn and early winter have been exceptionally mild and I have seen bumblebees on 58 out of the last 62 days.

On 30 Nov I saw a B.hypnorum queen collecting pollen and nectar on Lonicera fragrantissima on three separate occasions during the day at Yateley, Hants. On the next day, 01 Dec and on 03 Dec she was again seen collecting pollen.

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Research/placement opportunities for an undergraduate student

Hi,
I'm a undergraduate studying Wildlife Biology, and I'm currently looking for opportunities to do a 9 month + placement next academic year.
I am interested in insect ecology.
I was wondering whether any one knew of any opportunities suitable for me to get involved in.
I'm based in Manchester.
Any information would be very helpful.
I can provide more information and a CV is needed.
Thanks, Esther

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New key to Chrysididae available

A superbly illustrated key to the Chrysididae of the Nordic and Baltic countries (in English) is available as a free download. It should provide a very useful aid to identifying wasps in the family Chrysididae. The key includes all the British mainland species apart from Chrysis rutiliventris* . It can be downloaded here

* C. vanlithi - treated as a subspecies of C. rutiliventris by some authors - is included in the key.

Buff-tailed Bumble Bees, Bombus terrestris - workers active 3rd December

At least 2 Buff-tailed Bumble Bees, Bombus terrestris - (workers) seen in my garden today 3rd December, foraging on a blooming heather. - Not a cold day but no sun. postcode BR4 0HW (SE London-Kent) - Id confirmed from my photos by Josh Nelson on Facebook.

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Helping a Carpenter Bee

Dear all,
I live in Austria where we are currently approaching winter with temperatures around 5C currently. 2 days ago I found what I identified as a Blue Carpenter Bee, which I understand from my research is an endangered species in Europe. See attached photo.

I found it on our lawn hardly moving, but suspecting that it may only be cold not dying, I brought it inside to warm up. It is definitely alive but I think it was trying to find a hiberation spot.

How can I keep it alive and help it hibernate?

My internet research has not produced any help on this topic.

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Can you help? BWARS recorders - NBN survey

The NBN are running a short project seeking to classify recorder motivations, and understand what support different recorders prefer. They're using both questionnaires and interviews, and need as wide a range of responses as possible to cover the diversity of circumstances and perspectives. If you collect data from the environment and would like to be included, further details are here:

 

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