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Identifying Bees – FULLY BOOKED

Identifying Bees - FULLY BOOKED


16/07/2022 - 17/07/2022    
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Bookings closed

Event Type

This course will provide an introduction to the identification and ecology of wild bees in the UK, including their lifecycle, nesting and foraging requirements, and associated predators and parasites.

***Please note new dates for this course – now 16th-17th July 2022

Microscopes and dichotomous keys (which will be provided) will be used to identify bee specimens in the lab, providing a unique opportunity to examine bees up-close to get familiar with key identification features. The varied habitats of Denmark Farm will allow you to see living bees and develop collecting and field identification skills. This course will also discuss bee conservation and the important role of biological recording. 

The course is suitable for professionals working in the conservation & environmental sector and also keen amateurs. 

Liam Olds is a freelance entomologist and a former entomology apprentice at the National Museum of Wales. Liam has quickly developed a reputation as a budding invertebrate specialist and has won several local and national awards for his work in invertebrate conservation and recording, including the ‘Adult Newcomer Award’ at the NBN Awards for Wildlife Recording in 2017. Liam also works as Conservation Officer for Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, undertaking specialist invertebrate surveys and training across England and Wales. Liam was the lead author on the ‘Wales Threatened Bee Report’ in 2018.
What to Bring:
  • Outdoor footwear (i.e. walking boots/shoes)
  • Waterproof jacket / trousers
  • Sun cream, insect repellent, sun hat
  • Small rucksack with flask / water bottle / packed lunch
  • Butterfly/insect net and collecting pots (if you have them)
  • A notebook
  • A copy of Steven Falk’s ‘Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland’ (if you have one)
  • A hand lens (x10 should be sufficient)
Fees: £95 per person (Special Price for last places)

Saturday only: £55 per person

Please book your place in advance below.

Click here for Terms and Conditions of Booking

COVID Requirements:
  • This workshop will take place according to COVID safety regulations at the time of running.
  • Please do not attend if you should be self-isolating for any reason.
  • Please come prepared to work in a well ventilated room, or outdoors if the weather permits, with plenty of warm clothing. 
Accommodation is available for an additional charge:

Self catering Eco Lodge, shared dormitories and Eco Campsite are all available at Denmark Farm. Please contact us about your accommodation needs.


You maybe interested in other ecology, sustainable living and natural crafts courses at Denmark Farm. See our full events page.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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