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NEW: Sussex Bees and Wasps Recording Group

James Power reports: "We’ve formed a Sussex Bees and Wasps Recording Group, with the aim of sharing knowledge and skills and exploring different habitats and locations across both East and West Sussex. We have a number of site visits planned for 2019, and we’d love to hear from anyone interested in joining us.  If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch with James Power at

2018 BWARS Members Weekend & AGM

Saturday and Sunday 15 & 16 September 2018

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Secretary: Catherine M. Jones (

The BWARS Committee invite all our members to join us at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September for the BWARS member’s weekend including the AGM.

Download a copy of the programme HERE

Saturday 15th – Workshops, 12.00 – 15:30

Please email Catherine Jones ( to book a place.

12.00 – 13.00 Informal lunch, which may be eaten on the premises

13.00 – 14.15 Introduction to Ants – Richard Becker

14.15 – 14:30 Tea/Coffee break

14.30 – 15:30 ‘Open’ session – museum collection and id help. 

Evening meal – Space in a local pub has been booked for a group drink and meal after the workshops on Saturday evening – if you just want to come for a drink, that is fine.

Please contact Catherine Jones ( to confirm that you will be joining us.

Sunday 16th 9.30 – 15.30



The Chair, Jeremy Early, will take the chair to commence the business of the day.


The minutes of the 2017 AGM

These have been circulated in the Spring 2017 Newsletter.

Matters arising from 2017 minutes

Officers’ reports

Chairman – Jeremy Early

Treasurer/Membership Secretary – Dave Budworth

Election of Officers for 2017 (Term of office 4 years)

Election of Ordinary Members (Term of office 3 years)


11.30   Tea/Coffee break


11:45 Bob Brown: Invasive species in New Zealand

12.15 Liam Olds: Spoilt for choice: the aculeate fauna of colliery spoil habitats

12.40-13:30 Lunch

13:30 Gemma Baron: Soft cliffs and landslips, a west Dorset wilderness

13:55 Hayley Herridge: The Urban Buzz project

14:20 Rowan Edwards: Red Listing

14:45 Tom Wood: Perspectives on British bees from the New World

15.10 Close

BWARS AGM and Members’ weekend 2017

Secretary: Catherine M. Jones (

The BWARS Committee invite all our members to join us at the World Museum Liverpool on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October for the BWARS AGM and member’s weekend.

The BWARS members’ weekend is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and it is mainly informal and informative, with the official business conducted on Sunday morning at the AGM.

Look out for a new bee-fly

In April 2017 Rob Mills photographed a distinctive insect in his garden. This turned out to be the bee-fly Anthrax anthrax, a species never confirmed from Britain before. The bee-fly was sitting on a bee hotel in his garden near Cambridge, on a log drilled with holes containing solitary bee brood cells.

Anthrax anthrax. Photo: Rob Mills


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