Its been a really interesting week down here in Kent. Last Tuesday I went into St. Michael's primary school in Playden and taught a one hour lesson on bumblebees which was really good fun. We first had a chat about bees and what they already knew and I was shocked at how much they did- 6 legs and 4 wings! I then talked about bumblebees conservation and importance, the class then drew some lovely pictures, completed a word search and spot the difference. At the end of the lesson we did a quiz on what we had learned and the kids did brilliantly- so many thanks to the primary school for inviting me along. I'm more than happy to go into primary schools and give a lesson, so do let me know if you know of anyone who will be interested!
I gave a talk at Tunbridge Wells museum on Wednesday night which was great. I have known Ian Beavis at the museum for quite a while now as we worked together on ants before! I'll be doing a few more talks this autumn for local groups before heading to New Zealand in November. Last weekend I travelled to Liverpool for the annual BWARS (bees, wasps and ants recording society) conference. This attracts local amateur insect recorders to go through any unidentified specimens they may have and talk about their work and findings. Its an excellent organisation which have been monitoring bees, wasps and ants distribution and range over many decades.
All the best and until next time......