Diary

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.

2 Day Bee Identification Workshop In North Pennines AONB

June 3 & 4 2017

Steven Falk, author of the 2015 best-selling book on the identification of bees, is running a 2 day course specifically aimed at learning about the complex art of beeidentification. This will include an introduction to the key differences between various bee genera, and work on prepared specimens using a microscope using Steve's widely available and much-praised keys.

For full details contact  samantha@northpenninesaonb.org.uk 

Booking will be essential

2 Day Bee Identification Workshop at Malham Tarn

June 17 & 18 2017

Steven Falk, author of the 2015 best-selling book on the identification of bees, is running a 2 day course specifically aimed at learning about the complex art of beeidentification. This will include an introduction to the key differences between various bee genera, and work on prepared specimens using a microscope using Steve's widely available and much-praised keys.

For full details and booking contact Field Studies Council

Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

24 June 2017

Martin Harvey leads this course introducing a range of pollinating insects, including the variety of different bees and hoverflies: how to find them, how to recognise them and what their role is in pollination. We’ll be able to explore the rich flower meadows and hedgerows of Forty Hall Farm.  A number of projects have been set up recently to help record and conserve pollinators, and you’ll be able to find out how to take part in these.

Venue: Forty Hall Farm, Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9HA

Price: £35

Must be booked via Epping Forest FSC - for full details see:
http://www.field-studies-council.org/individuals-and-families/courses/2017/ef/bees,-hoverflies-and-flowers-pollinators-and-pollination-66519.aspx

2 Day Bee Identification Workshop At Rye Harbour, East Sussex

July 1 & 2 2017

Steven Falk, author of the 2015 best-selling Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland, has teamed up with the Short-haired Bumblebee Project and Sussex Wildlife Trust to provide a 2 day course specifically aimed at learning about the complex art of solitary bee identification. This will include an introduction to the key differences between various bee genera, and identifying pinned specimens under a microscope using Steve's widely available and much-praised keys. The second day will involve exploring Rye Harbour Nature Reserve to see wild bees and understand more of their ecology and conservation.

Venue: Rye Village Hall and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Price: £40 for 2 days

booking and prepayment essential - contact Steven Falk steven@sfalk.wanadoo.co.uk 

2 Day Bee (and Hoverfly) Identification

July 15 & 16 2017

Steven Falk, author and entomologist, is running a 2 day Bee and Hoverfly identification course. Attendees can do 100% bee work if they wish. Steven will show you how to identify, record and (where necessary) collect these important pollinators and explain their ecology and conservation requirements. Microscopes and specimens will be provided and there will also be local excursions to see living bees and hoverflies in a variety of habitats (on the beautiful Oxfordshire Downs near the famous White Horse).

Berrycroft Farm, West Oxfordshire

Price: £70 for 2 days (accommodation not included)

Booking essential  via http://www.berrycrofthub.com/store/p42/Bee_and_Hoverfly_Identification_with_Steven_Falk%3A_15th-16th_July_10am-4pm.html

2 Day Bee Identification Workshop at Slapton Ley (Devon)

22 & 23 July 2017

Steven Falk, author of the 2015 best-selling book on the identification of bees, is running a 2 day course specifically aimed at learning about the complex art of beeidentification. This will include an introduction to the key differences between various bee genera, and work on prepared specimens using a microscope using Steve's widely available and much-praised keys.

 

For full details and booking contact Field Studies Council

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Beginners Guide to Solitary Bees & Wasps

23 July 2017

Join Adrian Knowles, bee & wasp expert on this fascinating day. Adrian is the Suffolk county recorder for bees, wasps & ants. You will learn about the ecology & lifecycle of solitary bees & wasps, nest sites, artificial nest boxes and pollinator-friendly plants. There are some 200 species of wild bees in the UK, called solitary bees because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Some species nest in tunnels or holes in the ground, sandy banks and crumbling mortar while others use the hollow stems of dead plants such as bramble. They are harmless and do not sting or swarm so are safe to have in the garden and are very important pollinators.

Solitary wasps are also very beneficial in the garden - they are predators performing very important biological control – keeping insect populations in balance. Their life cycles, feeding and hunting techniques are absolutely fascinating.

There will be a short introduction by Adrian Knowles (County Recorder and BWARS member) in the classroom, after which you will go out on to the reserve to identify & collect some of the species so that you can have a closer look at them.

 

Cost £25

This course is run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust at Lackford Lakes LNR

Registration is essential to book a place

See http://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/events/2017/07/23/beginners-guide-so...

2 Day Bee Identification Workshop at Blencathra (Cumbria)

19 & 20 August 2017

Steven Falk, author of the 2015 best-selling book on the identification of bees, is running a 2 day course specifically aimed at learning about the complex art of beeidentification. This will include an introduction to the key differences between various bee genera, and work on prepared specimens using a microscope using Steve's widely available and much-praised keys.

For full details and booking contact Field Studies Council