Wildlearning - A Beginners' Guide to Solitary Bees & Wasps, Monday, June 25
25 June 2018, 10:30 - 16:30 (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
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