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

MAPS and species concepts - Maps are coming back to species profile pages.

Distribution maps have been uploaded to the site and are being placed onto species profile pages. We expect to complete this work within the next few weeks.


  • Black dots are 1990 to present,
  • grey dots 1960 up to 1989,
  • open ones 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

More ways to explore the site...

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Identification workshops and more

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


BWARS members George Else and Mike Edwards' monumental work on the British bee fauna was published on 6 October. The two volume work is available from various booksellers or directly from the publisher - the Ray Society


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