National Insect Week returns in 2020
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining, and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them. Pollinating insects include some very familiar and attractive species. Many plants depend on these insects to survive, and in turn the insects depend on the plants.
Pollinators, and especially bees, have been in the news a lot in recent years. Some are known to be declining, while others are expanding their range. This course introduces a range of pollinating insects, including the variety of different bees and hoverflies: how to find them, how to recognise them and what their role is in pollination. We’ll be able to explore the rich flower meadows and hedgerows of Bushy Park. A number of projects have been set up recently to help record and conserve pollinators, and you’ll be able to find out how to take part in these.
Martin Harvey tutors regularly for FSC and for Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an entomologist and biological recorder, working at the national Biological Records Centre (where he is involved with the national Pollinator Monitoring Scheme) and for a range of clients. Martin runs recording schemes for moths and soldierflies.
Disclaimer: All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.
Not essential, but if you have them:
The Stockyard, Bushy Park. https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here
To attend this event please register in advance.