Notice to Members from the Committee, January 2021

We very much hope to be able to hold the BWARS AGM in October 2021 as usual, however, due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), this may not be possible. As an alternative, we would aim to hold a virtual AGM, of a more limited nature. It is too early to make a final decision, but we are currently making plans to cover either eventuality.

We ask all Members to ensure that BWARS has an up-to-date email address, for use only on BWARS matters. This would be necessary if there are last minute alterations to plans, or in the event of having to hold a virtual AGM. Please contact the Membership Secretary, Louise Hutchinson, (address to be found on Contacts page of BWARS website). Members without email will be contacted by letter.

The Committee gives notice of proposed changes to the BWARS Constitution, highlighted in bold in the document to be found here. These will be put to the Members at the AGM in October 2021. Any comments by email or letter must reach the Chair, Louise Hislop, by 1st Sept 2021 to be considered.

Wishing you safe and successful recording in 2021.


MAPS and species concepts.

The majority of species now have distribution maps on their profile pages.




  • Black dots are 1990 to present;
  • grey dots 1960 to 1989;
  • open dots pre 1960.


For further infomation about maps and species concepts go HERE

The BWARS website contains pages for each British and Irish species of bee, wasp and ant. Most pages contain a detailed account, photos, distribution map, 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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Recording during the coronavirus crisis

During the Coronavirus crisis, members are encouraged to keep more detailed records in their own gardens or local area, perhaps recording everything they see, or targeting one species and recording every observation, not just the first of even common and under-recorded taxa.  This would provide a data pattern we don't currently have.

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