A Beginner's Guide to Identifying Bumblebees Workshop

Bateman's, Bateman's Lane, Burwash, East Sussex, TN19 7DS
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Ever wanted to tell your buff tail from your early bumblebee? Join our bumblebee experts in learning how to identify the different bumblebees that can be found at Bateman's.

Whether you're already a bumblebee enthusiast or simply curious about these charismatic little creatures, this event is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to identify bumblebees.

Our experts SC Morgan (co-author of Bumblebees: An Introduction) and Peter Greenhalf (contributor to Bees of Sussex) will guide you through the basics of bumblebee identification, sharing fascinating insights about their behaviour and habitats.

During this fun, hands-on day, you'll learn to distinguish between various bumblebees and understand their vital role in our ecosystem. You'll discover the key characteristics to look for, such as colour patterns and body shape while observing live bumblebees up close in the gardens. You'll also gain valuable tips on attracting and supporting these important pollinators in your garden.

The morning will be spent learning how to identify bees, there will then be a break for lunch where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch from the Mulberry tea-room or enjoy your own packed lunch and in the afternoon, we will walk the gardens and try identifying in the field.

£45 per adult which includes your entry to the property on the day and a Bee ID pack worth £10.

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Season (13 June 2024)
Thursday10:30 - 15:30
Season (3 July 2024)
Wednesday10:30 - 15:30


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National Trust/John MillerBateman's, RotherThis 17th century Sussex Ironmaster's house, built in a Wealden valley, was the home of writer Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936.

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