Project ID651
DescriptionMeopham U3A Bee Watch group began in 2017. We walk, at monthly intervals, a set route of between 1 and 2 km and record the variety and quantity of any bumblebees that we see, taking note of the caste i.e. male, female, worker, or unknown, plus the vegetation & prevailing wind, weather & cloud conditions. Initially 5 routes were surveyed with 4 being recorded on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website 'BeeWalk' online reporting scheme. In 2017 another site was at a local garden centre which provided an easily accessible area where less mobile members of the group could take part. We are grateful to the BumbleBee Conservation Trust for providing some initial identification training, but anyone interested can take part - the BBCT will help you with identification. During 2018, walks continued & we were able to revise some of our routes as experience grew. The 2019 season ended in October and reports and plans for 2020 are currently in preparation.
TopicNatural world
Walks
TypeU3A-led research (not an SLP)
U3AMeopham U3A
Organization/partnerBumblebee Conservation Trust
Year started2017
Source of referenceReported at National Conference 2017
OutputNone known
DocumentNorthfield DA3 8EX. 2018 REPORT
Northfield DA3 8EX. 2017 REPORT
Notes
  • Our first season was a steep learning curve, which has continued.  We hope that as our identification skills improve our results will become more detailed. There are currently (2019) 5 Walks established:
  • MEOPHAM ALLOTMENTS
  • TROSLEY COUNTRY PARK
  • COBHAM MAUSOLEUM
  • NORTHFIELD DA3 8EX (Hartley/New Ash Green)
  • JESKYNS COMMUNITY WOODLAND