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National Insect Week returns in 2020

Introduction to Bee Identification at Ness Gardens

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

You might be surprised to learn there are around 270 species of bees in the UK. Honey bees, bumblebees, masonary bees and mining bees are just one small part of a big family of fascinating insects.

National Museums Liverpool bee experts Carl Clee and Tony Parker will introduce you to identifying some of the wild bees that can be found at Ness and the wider landscape.

The morning will be in the classroom learning how to identify bees using museum specimens. The afternoon will be spent in the gardens seeing what can be identified using Ness’s bee hotspots. You will also be shown how to record the bees you find so you could contribute to the knowledge of bees at local and national levels.

Age limits or guidance

Suitable for over 18s, no previous experience necessary

Cost details

Free but booking required

Register in Advance

To attend this event please register in advance.


Did you know?


Dragonfly compound eyes are made of up to 30,000 separate facets or 'ommatidia'.

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