The Wonderful World of Bees (online talk)

Do you know the difference between honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees? What their role is as pollinators? And have you ever met the brilliantly-named Hairy-footed Flower bee?

Find out the answers – and meet the aforementioned bee – in our next Wildlife in the Red online talk by Brigit Strawbridge Howard, author of the acclaimed book, Dancing with Bees. She will introduce some of the UK’s native bee species, talk about their behaviours and habitat requirements, and outline the causes of bee decline. Most importantly, Brigit will advise how we can all help these wondrous insects by making our gardens more pollinator-friendly.

Brigit said: “I am enormously excited to be involved in Wessex Museums’ Wildlife in Red project. The virtual exhibitions are truly inspiring. Not only are they highly visual and informative, but together with the accompanying programme of talks, they also offer solutions – as the project focusses on the many positive steps we can all take to help our beleaguered wildlife.”

The talk takes place on Thurs 20 May, 7.30 – 9pm. It’s free, but booking is essential. 

More about our speaker

Brigit Strawbridge Howard is a wildlife gardener, amateur naturalist and bee advocate, who writes and campaigns to raise awareness of the importance and diversity of native wild bees and other pollinating insects. Her book, Dancing with Bees: A Journey Back to Nature, documents the story of how her interest in bees led to her rediscovering her childhood love of the natural world.

Wild Life in the Red

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What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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