The Woodland Trust is working in collaboration with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to deliver our second Bee Bioblitz at Victory Wood on Thursday 28th May. We'd like to invite
We’d like to invite you to join this fun training session led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust with support from assistant site manager Claire Inglis. Small monitoring groups will be guided by a bee expert to survey key areas of the open ground habitat at Victory Wood. You’ll be provided with surveying equipment and will learn how to identify and record the various species of bees found at the site.
We know from the monthly Bee Walks that took place over 2019, that a number of common solitary and bumblebee species can be found at Victory Wood, along with some rarer species such as the Red Bartsia Bee (Melitta tricincta), Brown Banded carder bee (Bombus humilis), Red Shanked carder bee (Bombus ruderarius) and of course the Shrill Carder bee (Bombus sylvarum). As a late foraging bee, Shrill Carder queens should just be emerging from hibernation, so we hope to spot some on the day. Victory Wood is a stronghold site for this species in particular, after finding 121 (predominantly workers and males) in a three hour survey last August.
This event is free for volunteers from the Woodland Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Volunteers should bring lunch, a drink, sturdy footwear and waterproofs just in case.
Booking is essential. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis.
To reserve your place, please email LucyShea@woodlandtrust.org.uk or call 0343 248 4068.
Feedback from last year’s event: “It was amazing to find a red shanked Queen! It was great to have so many ‘experts’ on hand to guide you. Bex was very good at not making you feel stupid if you either didn’t know or got it wrong. Thank you!”
(Thursday) 10:30 am - 2:30 pm