Bumblebee Identification Training

29 June 2019

This one-day course offers participants an introduction to the bee identification with a focus on bumblebees. Learn about bumblebee ecology, the basics of recognising bees and how to identify eight common bumblebee species.

Gain all the skills needed to carry out a BeeWalk including planning a transect and recording and submitting your results.

BeeWalk is a national recording scheme run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to monitor the abundance of bumblebees on transects across the country.

Anyone can become a BeeWalker – all you need is a spare hour or so every month between March and October to walk a fixed route of about a mile, and send in your sightings. The information collected by BeeWalk volunteers is integral to monitoring how bumblebee populations change through time, and will allow the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to detect early warning signs of population declines. All data collected will contribute to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee population changes in response to changes in land-use and climate change.


  • 9.45 - 10:00am Registration/ Arrival
  • 10.00 - 10.30am Introduction to bumblebee ecology (classroom)
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm Identifying bumblebees (classroom)
  • 12.00 - 12.30pm Lunch
  • 12.30 - 1.30pm Identifying the bumblebees of Colt Park (outdoors)
  • 1.30 - 2.00pm BeeWalk methodology (classroom)


  • Location: Colt Park Barn, Ingleborough
  • Date & Time: Saturday 29 October, 10am - 2pm.
  • Cost: FREE, first come, first served.
  • Booking essential -  contact Catherine Mercer on 015242 51002 or email catherine.mercer@ydmt.org

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