Oxford Plan Bee are offering plotholders the chance to attend one of their free upcoming Bee Walks, in either Wytham Woods or Oxford City (with a possible bonus visit to the Botanic Gardens). Walkers will visit some of their solitary bee next boxes, learning as they go about the differences between honey, bumble and solitary bees, including their appearances and nesting habits. Groups will be armed with nets and identification guides and will have a go at catching and identifying any bees seen along the way. There are several walks a month from now until September, and there is a flyer/poster with the details here.
Bee nest boxes are part of their citizen science project, which we can get involved with by hosting boxes on your plot(s), then sending photos and information over to them.
Plan Bee will be talking about how to photograph the boxes to tell if they’re occupied and survey surrounding flowers on the walks, and the info is also available on their website.
If you would like to get involved please contact them at this address. An information sheet about the project for anyone interested is available here.