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.
This course is run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust at Lackford Lakes LNR
Registration is essential to book a place