Please click the bluebird symbol to email Chris Hague-Smith the group contact for any further information.
For information on this Bee Watch group, the national BeeWalk Scheme & some free goodies, scroll to the foot of this page.
2020 MEOPHAM BEE WALKS:
Currently we have 5 established BeeWalks - click a walk's name in the list below to find more information about it &/or to email the walk leader:
>> Cobham, Trosley, Northfield, Meopham, or Jeskyns. <<
Read about our >> LOCAL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES << via this link.
For the Meopham Bee Watch Group's past history & some pictures click >> HERE <<
2020 SEASON EVENTS:
As you may have expected the coronavirus situation has impacted our Group’s activities. All training events & our 5 regular Bee Walks ARE OFFICIALLY CANCELLED AS MEOPHAM U3A GROUP EVENTS. The BBCT has cancelled all its Training Events until further notice. (See: https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/).
Government directives must now be followed i.e. 1 walk for exercise per day keeping the recommended 2m distance away from any other people.
If anyone does log any Bee Walk data during their walk, do please send it to the relevant walk leader who can make sure it is logged on the Bee Walk website.
We thank all group members most sincerely for their efforts to date & wish everyone the best of health through the difficult times ahead.
Chris Hague-Smith, (Meopham U3A Bee Watch Group Contact).
THIS YEAR'S WALKS (NOW CANCELLED) WERE SCHEDULED AS FOLLOWS (Except where marked *):
Cobham: Meet 1st Tues of month @ 14.00, White Lane Car Park: Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jul 7, Aug 4, Sep 1, Oct 6. Contact Beryl
Trosley: Meet 1st Fri of Month @ 10.30 for 11.00, at Café: Mar 13*, Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5, Jul 3, Aug 7, Sep 4, Oct 2. Contact Moira
Northfield: Meet 2nd Wed of month @ 11.00, Black Lion, Hartley: Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10, Jul 8, Aug 12, Sep 9, Oct 14. Contact Chris
Meopham: Meet 3rd Tues of month @ 13.30, Johns Road: Mar 17, Apr 21, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20. Contact Helen
Jeskyns: Meet 4th Tue of month @ 14.00 at Café: Mar 24, Apr 28, May 26, Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sep 22, Oct 27. Contact Anne-Marie
ABOUT THE BEE WALK SCHEME:
BeeWalk, a national recording scheme operated by the BBCT, monitors the abundance of bumblebees across the UK. Volunteers identify & count the bumblebees they see on a 1 hour walk monthly from Mar to Oct.
MEOPHAM U3A BEE WATCH GROUP, (the UK U3A’s very 1st Bee Watch Group), was formed in Feb 2017 following an inspirational talk to Meopham U3A in Oct 2016 by Dr Nikki Gammans from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT). We decided to organize some initial training & then a number of BeeWalks in small groups for the summer months & to hold occasional whole group meetings, further training &/or other events.
Anyone can become a BeeWalker – you decide on a fixed route (about a mile) then walk it each month & send in your sightings. It is fixed to allow direct comparisons of bumblebee population trends over time. All data collected contributes to important long-term monitoring of bumblebee population changes in response to land-use & climate changes. This helps to detect early warning signs of population declines & inform how our countryside is managed.
Bee Walk Survey Scheme info click HERE.
Bee Walk PDF pack to download click HERE.
Blooms for Bees - a great app with some good photographs.
Free download at Blooms for Bees (Apple) or Blooms for Bees (Android)
Chris Hague-Smith, Bee Watch Group Co-ordinator