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BWARS forum - first, please read this

This forum is a place to discuss matters related to BWARS and general matters related to aculeates.

 

It is not intended as a forum for identification queries. We may add this feature in due course, but meanwhile, if you need help identifying bees, wasps and ants, please use either iRecord or UK Bees, Wasps and Ants Facebook page, for recording your find.

 

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Ant Volunteer ID Day - FSC London: Bushy Park

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

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

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Identifying Insects using Specimens and Microscopes - FSC Preston Montford

Identifying Insects using Specimens and Microscopes focuses on how to find and sample insects, how to prepare and curate specimens for identification purposes, and how to approach identification of your chosen species group.

The main emphasis will be on how to carry out reliable and verifiable identifications through the correct presentation of specimens and the use of keys and other entomology identification resources. Participants will be expected to select a suitable taxonomic group in which they will start to specialise by building up a reference collection of specimens.

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Fri 15, July 2022 18:00 - Mon 18, July 2022 16:00

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Bee Nesting Ecology and Conservation

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.

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

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Identification of Solitary Bees

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

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

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Fri, 03/06/2022

Gunnersbury Triangle Field Recorder Day: Ants

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.

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

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Discovering Bees - FSC Virtual

There are around 270 species of bee in Britain, although many are under-recorded, under-appreciated and under-loved!  Found in a range of habitats, bees have fascinating life histories and ecosystem roles.

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Wed 13, April 2022 09:00 - Wed 18, May 2022 00:19

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Learn to Love Ants - Perivale Wood

Learn To Love Ants is an introduction to to one of our planet’s most numerous insect groups, introducing aspects of their biology, ecology and behaviour. Important ecosystem engineers and highly successful social insects, ants can be found almost anywhere and they display a host of different behaviours depending on species, habitat, or caste (whether they’re queens, workers or soldiers). On this course, you will learn all about their hidden empires and their fascinating secret lives.

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Thu 24, March 2022 10:00 - 16:00

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Learn to Love Ants - FSC Bishops Wood

Learn To Love Ants is an introduction to to one of our planet’s most numerous insect groups, introducing aspects of their biology, ecology and behaviour. Important ecosystem engineers and highly successful social insects, ants can be found almost anywhere and they display a host of different behaviours depending on species, habitat, or caste (whether they’re queens, workers or soldiers). On this course, you will learn all about their hidden empires and their fascinating secret lives.

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Fri 11, March 2022 10:00 - 16:00

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Fri, 11/03/2022

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