Message from BWARS General Committee

Coronavirus Disease Update – AGM, Field Meetings and Recording

The current situation with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) means that species recording will be compromised for some time.  No record merits disobeying government regulations, becoming unwell or possibly infecting others. 

The planned field meetings in Devon in June and Ayrshire in July have been postponed (hopefully to 2021). 

The AGM and Members’ Weekend, which were to be held on 26-27 September 2020, have been postponed until autumn 2021, in accordance with amendments to the Constitution approved by the General Committee on 3 April 2020.  Financial Statements and Officer’s Reports will be printed in the autumn Newsletter, assuming this is possible. 

In the meantime, 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.

Members can contact Officers of the Society as usual. 

Your safety, and that of the wider community, is our priority.

 

MAPS and species concepts - Maps are now back on species profile pages.

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

DATE CLASSES FOR MAPS:

 

 

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  • 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

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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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