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Bumblebee Identification for Beginners

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Starts 10 am

Have you ever wondered where bumblebees live, why there are fewer than there used to be, and what you can do to help them? As part of the North Coast 500 Wildlife Festival, this one day workshop will give you an introduction to the ecology and identification of bumblebees. We’ll hear presentations in the morning at Castlehill, followed by an afternoon site visit around the beautiful gardens and heritage flagstone trail. The course will be useful for anyone wishing to find out about bumblebees and improve their identification skills. Find out about:

• The ecology and life cycle of a bumblebee
• Understand the challenges facing bumblebee species, especially the ultra-rare great yellow bumblebee
• Recognise important features that will support bumblebees in a range of habitats, including grasslands, woodlands and farmland
• Identify distinguishing characteristics of different bumblebees and how to spot a queen, worker and male
• Identify five common bumblebee species
• Why we need more data about bee populations, and how to carry out a simple monitoring transect.


Castlehill Heritage Centre
Harbour Road
Castletown
Caithness KW14 8TG
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