Bumblebees in the Botanic Gardens, 5 August

Posted by mjs76 at Jul 17, 2012 05:25 PM |
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Bumblebees in the Botanic Gardens, 5 August

Male white-tailed bumble bee (c) BBCT

The Bumble Bee Conservation Trust is organising a bumble bee-spotting walk around the University's Botanic Garden next month.

There are 24 species of bumble bee in the UK (and over 200 other bee species), most of which are declining in numbers. THis year's rotten weather certainly hasn't helped matters.

A flower-packed environment like the Botanic Garden is a haven for the little buzzing fellows and most of the common species can be found there, as well as one or two rarities if you're lucky.

A BBCT volunteer will provide expert guidance on how to safely catch and identify the bees as you walk around the flower beds.

The walk takes place on Sunday 5 August 2012 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Attendance is free but places are limited and must be booked by 2.00pm on Friday 3 August. No specialist equipment is required apart from sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for whatever the weather's doing.

To book your place please contact enquiries@bumblebeeconservation.org.