Beginners Guide to Solitary Bees & Wasps - Sunday 23 July

Sun, 23/07/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tawny mining bee by Richard Burkmar

Event details

Sun, 23/07/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

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 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.

Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather and stout footwear.

Please bring:

A packed lunch
A notepad & pen
A camera if you wish

Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided throughout the day and are included in the price of the course.

Venue location

Lackford Lakes, Lackford,
Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk,
IP28 6HX

Event information

Date
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Time
10:00am - 4:00pm
Price / Donation
£25
Audience
Adults
Beginners
Category
Adult course
Trust
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Venue location
Lackford Lakes, Lackford,
Bury St Edmunds,
Suffolk,
IP28 6HX
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Wheelchair Access
no
Mobility
no
Dogs
no dogs please
Contact details
Tel: 01473 890089