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Check here regularly for updates on workshops, publication deadlines and more.

Please note that BWARS is not responsible for any aspect of events that are run by other organisations or individuals. For events not organised by BWARS, details must be checked with the event organiser in case of alterations to costings, timings, dates and venues.

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Learn to Love Bees - Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Sat 21, May 2022 10:00 - 16:00

If you’re interested in finding out more about bees but don’t feel ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this is the course for you.  Learn To Love Bees is a very gentle introduction to our planets most important pollinators, introducing aspects of their biology and ecology.

This course combines the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities led by one of our bee tutors to give individuals the skills and confidence to learn more about the lives and ecological role of bees.

 

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Gunnersbury Triangle Field Recorder Day: Ants

Tue 24, May 2022 10:00 - 16:00

Join like-minded people with an interest in field recording for a day identifying and surveying for ants in an informal environment at Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve. This is an urban wet woodland nature reserve surrounded by intersecting railway lines and managed by London Wildlife Trust. Naturalists of all levels (from beginner to expert) will be able to share their experiences with peers and help one another improve knowledge and build confidence in biological recording.

With the guidance of our ant expert, we will use a variety of techniques to collect ant specimens, which will be preserved on the day for identification at subsequent Volunteer ID Days. These specimens will help us to build up a species list for the site, before becoming part of a teaching collection used for our other courses and volunteer days.

 

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Learn to Love Bees - Pump House Environment Centre, Worcester

Tue 31, May 2022 10:00 - 16:00

If you’re interested in finding out more about bees but don’t feel ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this is the course for you.  Learn To Love Bees is a very gentle introduction to our planets most important pollinators, introducing aspects of their biology and ecology.

This course combines the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities led by one of our bee tutors to give individuals the skills and confidence to learn more about the lives and ecological role of bees.

 

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Identification of Solitary Bees - Preston Montford

Fri 03, June 2022 18:00 - Mon 06, June 2022 16:00

This course will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees, including nesting and foraging requirements, hosts and associated aculeate nest parasites.

The course covers identification of solitary bees, the processes involved in their identification and the key features for discrimination, plus an understanding of the importance of these species for conservation, ecology and recording.

 

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Ant Volunteer ID Day - Bushy Park

Tue 07, June 2022 10:00 - 16:00

This day is all about learning and improving your ant ID skills using a stereo microscope and identification key. It is free to attend (though booking is essential) so that we can ensure you get access to a microscope. You don’t need any experience of using microscopes, identification keys, or specimen preparation –  we will provide instruction in all of these.

 

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Bee Nesting Ecology and Conservation - online

Tue 14, June 2022 09:00 - Tue 05, July 2022 23:59

There are over 20,000 species of bee worldwide, each with its own unique behaviours, life cycles and lifestyles. The nesting ecology of bees varies between different families, with some species living underground in the soil, whilst others excavate their nests in deadwood. Several species prefer to make their nests inside the empty cavities left by other animals and there are even some bees that nest in abandoned snail shells!

Please note that this course is NOT a species identification course and will only go as far as categorising British bees by their life nesting behaviours.

 

Field Studies Council online course - full details here

Field Identification of Solitary Bees - Bushy Park

Tue 14, June 2022 10:00 - 16:00

Learn about the different families, genera and species of solitary bees and how to tell them apart. We will be using Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland by Steven Falk – copies will be available to use from our library, but please feel free to bring your own.

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Bee Genera Identification with Microscopes - Bushy Park

Wed 15, June 2022 10:00 - Thu 16, June 2022 16:00

This course provides an introduction to identifying bees to genus. This includes a short presentation introducing the morphological features used to identify specimens to genus level, followed by practical sessions guided by our expert tutor. During the lab sessions, you’ll explore a wide variety of different bee species, including ones that can be trickier to identify in the field. This course will use the Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland, by Steven Falk – copies will be available for use from our reference library.

Through a combination of taught classroom content and lab-based practical sessions, learners will gain confidence in using the identification key and preserved specimens to identify bees to genus level.

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Mason and Leafcutter Bee ID with Microscopes - Bushy Park

Fri 17, June 2022 10:00 - 16:00

The Mason and Leafcutter Bees (Megachilidae), is a large family of solitary bees where many species require microscopic examination in order to reliably identify them to species. This course will provide you with the skills you need to be able to start identifying Mason and Leafcutter Bees to genus and species using a microscope.

 

Field Studies Council course - full details here

Field Identification of Solitary Bees - Bishops Wood

Sat 18, June 2022 10:00 - 16:00

There are over 270 bee species in the British Isles most of which are solitary bees – the social bees (bumblebees and honeybees) only make up about 10% of these species. Join our tutor in the field to search for, find, and discuss the identification features of a variety of UK solitary bee species that can be identified in the field.

 

Field Studies Council course - full details here

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