Course: Field Identification of Bumblebees - Online

Field Studies Council

16th May - 27th June (flexible learning)

Cost: £60 - 20% Discount for students using the code 'BioStudent20'

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

In this beginner online course, you will be introduced to the identification skills needed to reliably identify the UK’s bumblebee species in the field. There are currently 24 species of bumblebee present in Britain, with eight varieties being fairly widespread no matter where you live in the UK.

By looking at the colour of their tails and banding, some bumblebees can be identified in the field. However, queens, males and workers can vary in their appearance, making some species harder to identify than others. This means that identifying bumblebees isn’t always as straightforward as it seems. This course is designed for people who have no prior experience in bee identification but who are interested in learning more about the humble bumblebee and the different species we have in the United Kingdom.

This course introduces participants to the skills and understanding required to begin the reliably identify the species of bumblebee found across the UK. We also discuss collection equipment and techniques and the importance of generating biological records to better inform our understanding of the current state of the UK’s fauna.

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the online content. Time commitment is approximately 3-5 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion.

What will be covered during this course?

  • Bumblebee biology and ecology
  • Bumblebee field skills and the ‘Big 8’
  • Cuckoo bumblebee identification
  • An introduction to scarce species and recording

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% of.

Please refer to our website for further information and to book.

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