Would you like to learn how to identify a variety of bumblebees?
Join us for a bumblebee workshop led by RSPB Scotland's James Silvey. An indoor section at Balallan House will provide an introduction to some of the UK’s 24 species of bumblebee and James will discuss identification methods, bee behaviour and conservation issues associated with these essential pollinators.
We will then venture outdoors to some nearby bee-friendly habitats to explore the variety and abundance of bumblebees and sharpen up identification skills, using some of the common techniques, methods and materials associated with bee surveying.
We hope you will continue to put these new wildlife ID skills into action by recording what you see on the Forth Nature Counts i-Record form, helping us to build a better picture of the wildlife in our area.
When & Where?
10:00 to 15:00 at Balallan House and surrounding area, Stirling.
Balallan House, 24 Allan Park, Stirling - the building has a 'TCV' sign outside. There is limited free parking behind the building, but much pay and display parking on surrounding roads or there is a multistorey car park at the Thistle Centre. Alternatively the building is a 10 minute walk from Stirling Train Station.
Please bring a packed lunch, a drink plus any other refreshments you require. Tea/coffee will be provided.
To get the most out of the workshop we suggest you bring a pen and notebook. No previous knowledge or specialist equipment is needed for this workshop. All necessary equipment will be provided on the day free of charge.
This session is partially out of doors so please dress sensibly for the forecast and changeable Scottish weather. We suggest waterproof jacket, layers, plus a hat for sun or cold depending on the season.
The ground may be muddy and uneven in places so walking boots or stout footwear is advised.
Image Graham Madge / RSPB Images