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Learn to Love Bees (SE Region)

  • Location: Head Office
  • Tutor: Mark Patterson
  • Date: Wednesday 14 August 2019
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • Course fee: £5

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

There are over 220 species of solitary bee, nearly 20 species of bumblebee and 1 species of honeybee in Britain.  Many, especially the solitary bees, are under-recorded, under-appreciated and under-loved! They are found in a range of habitats and have fascinating life-histories and ecosystem roles.  If you’re interested in finding out more about bees but don’t feel ready for a beginner’s ID workshop, then this day is for you.  It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of bees and the art (and science) of telling one type from another. 


  • Come and learn about the different types of British bees and their natural history 

  • Learn some of their names  

  • Learn how to tell a few of them apart  

  • Listen to some fascinating talks from a local bee expert  

  • Find out what to do if you want to take your interest further  


Please note: this course is aimed at adults only and is not suitable for children. 

Mark Patterson is a professional ecologist and community gardener with a career spanning more than 20 years. He grew up in the north east of England and was interested in nature from a young age. Initially focusing on birds Mark became interested in Bees whilst studying for his ecology degree at university of Hull where a fellow student introduced him to honey Bees. Mark has now been a beekeeper for almost 10 years, worked as a DEFRA Bee inspector and has become a keen wild bee enthusiast and recorder. Mark runs regular guided Bee walks in London parks and gardens where his recording efforts have improved understanding of Bee diversity in the city’s urban parks. 

This course is heavily subsidised by the FSC BioLinks Project (funded by the Heritage Fund).

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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