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Can you help? BWARS recorders - NBN survey

The NBN are running a short project seeking to classify recorder motivations, and understand what support different recorders prefer. They're using both questionnaires and interviews, and need as wide a range of responses as possible to cover the diversity of circumstances and perspectives. If you collect data from the environment and would like to be included, further details are here:

 

Andrena tarsata - Potentilla's utilised

Hello,
This year (working on the Plan Bee project for Lancs Wildlife Trust) I found - surprisingly - Andrena tarsata on a fairly isolated / degraded site containing a good number of Tormentil cushions (Potentilla erecta) in Skelmersdale.
Skelmersdale is a new town (1961) though has a relatively large resource of informal public open space / road infrastructure (mostly farm / forest remnants) though acid grassland - and Tormentil more so - is scarce in lowland Lancs as a whole.

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Colletes hederae arrives in North Wales

A significant leap north west for Colletes hederae is apparent, with the discovery of a well established population around Llandudno in North Wales, on 8 October. A large nest aggregation was found on Little Orme as well as individuals at ivy and nesting in a roadside verge in nearby Llandudno. The latest map includes these new records.
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Ian Cheesborough and Pete Boardman at Little Orme
BWARS member Ian Cheeseborough and Pete Boardman at the site of the recently discovered nest aggregation of Colletes hederae on the Little Orme.

"Paper wasp"

We recently received a message from a member of the public stating:

"For your info we came across a beautiful specimen of a paper wasp today in dalgety bay. We had old book which said they were not found in UK but obviously not anymore"

They do not have a photograph nor the specimen. Forgive my ignorance - I'm aware that at least the common wasp builds their nest out of a type of paper, but is the individual referring to a different, specific type of wasp?

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Advice wanted on if this nest can be left to disperse naturally.

I have found a nest in my shed, I think they are a type of small hornet as they appear to be totally unfazed by my presence and have been non-aggressive on every occasion (4-6) I have entered the shed; I'm trying to decide if it needs treating or can be left. I'm happy to leave them to disperse in the autumn if it is a species which will not return to re-nest next year. I have a short video to allow for identification if anyone needs to see it?

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A Beginners' Guide to Solitary Bees & Wasps (WTW/SWT)

Join Adrian Knowles, bee & wasp expert on this fascinating day. Adrian is the Suffolk county recorder for bees, wasps & ants.

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.

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