BWARS - welcome to our website

BWARS is the national society dedicated to studying and recording bees, wasps & ants (aculeate Hymenoptera) in Britain & Ireland. Read more


With the launch of the NBN's Living Atlas and the closure of the NBN Gateway maps, currently it is not possible to display maps from NBN data. We hope this will soon be resolved and maps restored to the species accounts. Please be patient - we have around 900,000 records to upload, so the wait will be worth it!

Maps, photos, life histories and more...

The BWARS website contains pages for each British and Irish species of bee, wasp and ant. Most pages contain a detailed account, distribution map, photos, 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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Identification workshops and more

Visit our Diary page for an extensive list of aculeate identifcation workshops, residential courses and more.

Spring bees are flying - submit your records

The first bees of spring are on the wing. You can submit records for four of the most easily identified and common species via this website.
Click on the Submit records link towards the top of this page and follow the links from "spring bee recording"

Species you can record are Andrena cineraria (ashy mining-bee), Andrena fulva (tawny mining-bee), Anthophora plumipes (hairy-footed flower bee) and Osmia bicornis (red mason-bee).

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