Wytham Woods has announced the launch of a new citizen science project, titled the Wytham Bee Walks, which is enlisting volunteers to gather data on the bumblebees that inhabit the woods.
To help volunteers spot the different species of bumblebee, two bee-spotting training days have been arranged at Wytham Woods with Steven Falk, author of the Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland.
A bee identification course for beginners is scheduled for Saturday 15 April (10am to 4pm) or there's a course for improvers on Saturday 22 April (10am to 4pm). To find out more or to book a place please take a look online.
Both of the training days are free to anyone who is interested in learning to identify bumblebees, even if they decide not to become one of the project’s citizen scientists.
Bumblebees are important pollinators, both for natural ecosystems and for growing crops, and many species are believed to be in decline. With limited data available on many bee populations, this new project aims to help to fill that knowledge gap.