This course is designed for those who already have some experience of using keys and microscopes to identify solitary bees to family or genus level.

This course will consolidate previous learning on identifying bees to family and/or genera, and build on that to make the next step to species level identification of nomad bees.  Using pinned specimens and microscopes, you will key out these bees out to genus and then species.  At the end of the course you will be able to recognise the different species of nomad bee, and feel confident to start identifying specimens of your own.  We will also offer suggestions of how you can continue your interest in bee identification, and offer you ongoing support after the course has finished.

Most of the time will be spent in the classroom but we may spend some time outside so please dress appropriately.


This course is taking place at FSC London: Bushy Park.

FSC BioLinks courses are highly subsidised thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Photo at top of page © Stephen Barlow

Tutor: Ryan Clark

Ryan Clark first became interested in wild bees while at university where he discovered how important these species are and how relatively little is known about their ecology and distribution. Since then he has been actively recording solitary bees and bumblebees and has recently taken on the role as Northamptonshire vice county recorder for bees, wasps and ants. Ryan works for the Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre where he manages WILDside, a project which aims to support biological recording in Northamptonshire. In his spare time he is an active (some would say obsessive) biological recorder of a wide variety of taxonomic groups. Ryan also sits on committees for the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society and the Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

What to Bring

·        Notebook and pencil

·        ID guides/keys (if you have any)

·        Hand lens (if you have one)

·        Lunch