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Identifying Bees

  • Location: Slapton Ley
  • Tutor: Steven Falk
  • Dates: Friday 20 July 2018 to Sunday 22 July 2018
  • Times: 05:30 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £270
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £250
  • NON-RESIDENT: £180

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

An opportunity to learn how to record and critically identify bees with Steven Falk, author of the 2015 'Field Guide to Bees of Britain and Northern Ireland. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope using the dichotomous keys and images in the new field guide and also the resources available on Steven's British Bees on Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/collections/72157631518508520/. A field trip (weather dependent) will allow you to see living ones and develop basic collecting and field identification skills and better understand their ecology and conservation. Lots of fun, the only long faces allowed are those of certain bees. Steven Falk is one of this country's foremost entomologists. At the age of 15 he started the artwork for a ground-breaking book called British Hoverflies which became a classic text. He went on to produce illustrations for the popular Collins Guide to Insects of Britain and Northern Europe, a Ray Society book on British bees and various other projects. Recently he wrote the first ever proper guide to British bees (Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain & Ireland, Bloomsbury 2015) to widespread acclaim. His career path has reflected his passion for wildlife and nature conservation. He worked as an entomologist with the Nature Conservancy Council, as Keeper of Natural History and then City Ecologist at Coventry Museum, and spent 11 years as Senior Keeper of Natural History at Warwickshire Museum. He worked for Buglife - the Invertebrate Conservation Trust as their Entomologist and Invertebrate Specialist from 2012 until 2015. He is now an independent consultant specialising in invertebrates and especially pollinators. Steven's philosophy is to keep things visual, engaging and (where possible) accessible to all, no matter how technical or scientific. Steven’s photography is featured in many popular natural history books and nature conservation publications. In 2012 Steven was awarded the prestigious Royal Entomological Society/Marsh Award for Insect Conservation.

Steven Falk is one of this country's foremost entomologists. At the age of 15 he started the artwork for a ground-breaking book called 'British Hoverflies' which became a classic text. He went on to produce illustrations for the popular Collins Guide to Insects of Britain and Northern Europe, a Ray Society book on British bees and various other projects. Recently he wrote the first ever proper guide to British bees (Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain & Ireland, Bloomsbury 2015) to widespread acclaim. His career path has reflected his passion for wildlife and nature conservation. He worked as an entomologist with the Nature Conservancy Council, as Keeper of Natural History and then City Ecologist at Coventry Museum, and spent 11 years as Senior Keeper of Natural History at Warwickshire Museum. He worked for Buglife - the Invertebrate Conservation Trust as their Entomologist and Invertebrate Specialist from 2012 until 2015. He is now an independent consultant specialising in invertebrates and especially pollinators. Steven's philosophy is to keep things visual, engaging and (where possible) accessible to all, no matter how technical or scientific. Steven’s photography is featured in many popular natural history books and nature conservation publications. In 2012 Steven was awarded the prestigious Royal Entomological Society/Marsh Award for Insect Conservation.

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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £270


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NON-RESIDENT : £180


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