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Identifying Bees

27th - 28th May | 10:00 – 16:00

Identifying Bees
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Venue:Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre
Address:Fir Tree Lane, Rotherwas HR2 6LA
Tutor:Liam Olds

Contact:Tim Kaye

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. 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. A field trip (weather dependent) to local grassland and scrub sites 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. This is a 2 day course and participants are encouraged to attend both days.

About the tutor

Liam Olds is a freelance entomologist specialising in solitary bees and brownfield habitats. Starting his journey in the profession as an entomology apprentice at the National Museum of Wales, he has quickly developed a reputation as a budding specialist. Liam has won several local and national awards for his work with invertebrates, 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, delivering invertebrate surveys and training across England and Wales.

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