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Identifying Bees with Steven Falk

  • Location: Malham Tarn
  • Tutor: Steven Falk
  • Dates: Friday 01 June 2018 to Sunday 03 June 2018
  • Times: 04:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £150

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

An opportunity to learn how to record and critically identify bees with Steven Falk, author of the new '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/.  You will look at equipment used to record bees and explore the bee populations around Malham Tarn including an introduction to photographing, netting (where appropriate) and collecting bees. The ethics and rules of collecting will be explained and bee pinning for making and curating collections demonstrated. A field trip (weather dependent) will cover the ecology, conservation/management, fieldcraft, and more on surveying and photography as well as allowing you to see living bees, cuckoo bees and other bee parasites. We will discuss seasonality, landscape scale issues and habitat mosaics and collate and record our specimens. Lots of fun, the only long faces allowed are those of certain bees! Please note: Participants will need a copy of Steven’s Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland in order to fully engage with the course. If you don’t already have one, these can be purchased direct from Steven on the course for the special price of £33.

We are currently accepting non-resident bookings only for this course. There is a wealth of alternative accommodation provided locally; please click here for more details. If accommodation space becomes available for this course, we will inform all non-resident bookers immediately and update the course page.

Non-resident course attendees are provided with all meals and refreshments throughout the course with the exception of breakfast. Your course day may commence from 9am and evening sessions may continue until approximately 9pm.


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.

Further Information

About Malham Tarn
Directions to Malham Tarn
Identifying Bees course leaflet 2018

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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