Please click the bluebird symbol to email Chris Hague-Smith the group contact for any further information.
This 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.
BeeWalk is a national recording scheme operated by the BBCT to monitor the abundance of bumblebees across the UK. Volunteers identify & count the bumblebees they see on a 1 hour walk monthly from Mar to Oct.
Anyone can become a BeeWalker – once you decide on a fixed route (about a mile) you 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.
For information on the Bee Walk Survey Scheme click HERE.
For a Bee Walk PDF pack to download click HERE.
Currently we have 5 established BeeWalks - click below to find information about them:
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START OF SEASON MEETING TO BE CONFIRMED
Chris Hague-Smith, Bee Watch – group co-ordinator