Wildlearning - A Beginners' Guide to Solitary Bees & Wasps
23 July 2017, 10:00 - 16:00 (Add to calendar)
Join Adrian Knowles, bee & wasp expert on this fascinating day.
Adrian is the Suffolk county recorder for bees, wasps & ants.
There are some 200 species of wild bees in the UK, called solitary bees because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Some species nest in tunnels or holes in the ground, sandy banks and crumbling mortar while others use the hollow stems of dead plants such as bramble. They are harmless and do not sting or swarm so are safe to have in the garden and are very important pollinators.
Solitary wasps are also very beneficial in the garden. They are predators performing very important biological control – keeping insect populations in balance. Their life cycles, feeding and hunting techniques are absolutely fascinating.
You will learn about the ecology & lifecycles of solitary bees & wasps, nest sites, artificial nest boxes and pollinator-friendly plants.
There will be a short introduction by Adrian in the classroom, after which you will go out on to the reserve to identify & collect some of the species so that you can have a closer look at them.
Please wear clothes suitable for the weather conditions and stout footwear. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided and are included in the price. Please bring any extra drinks you may require when away from the centre.