Bee Nesting Ecology and Conservation

There are over 20,000 species of bee worldwide, each with its own unique behaviours, life cycles and lifestyles. The nesting ecology of bees varies between different families, with some species living underground in the soil, whilst others excavate their nests in deadwood. Several species prefer to make their nests inside the empty cavities left by other animals and there are even some bees that nest in abandoned snail shells!

Unfortunately, a huge proportion of our bee fauna is in decline due to a combination of environmental and anthropogenic factors. This decline has generated intense interest in the conservation of bees and the ways we can protect populations from extinction. Throughout this course, we will look at the nesting conditions, behaviour and nesting ecology of wild bees as well as discussing the contemporary research and conservation actions being undertaken to restore and rewild our landscape for declining populations in the UK.

Bee nesting ecology and conservation provides an overview of the habitat interactions and current health of our planets most important pollinators.

  • 2-week online course for adults, with a weekly time commitment of 3-5 hours per week.
  • Access to study content, activities and tutor-graded assignments through the FSC virtual learning platform.
  • Access to weekly live virtual classroom sessions at the end of each week with the course tutor through Zoom (recorded for those that are unable to attend the live sessions).
  • E-certificate upon course completion.
  • Please note that this course is NOT a species identification course and will only go as far as categorising British bees by their life nesting behaviours.
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What topics are covered in this course?

  • BWA205 Bee Nesting Ecology provides an in-depth look into the nesting ecology of bees, which includes the conditions they require to successfully live in an area, the structure and architecture of brood cells and the nesting behaviour of different bee families.
  • BWA206 Bee Conservation outlines the issue of bee decline, providing an overview of the main threats to bees both globally and in the United Kingdom. We will also cover the strategies used to conserve bees, including the habitat management practices which support populations and the work which is already underway to reintroduce and protect declining species in the UK.



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Key Information

Start date:

14th June 2022 at 9:00am


£10.00 – £30.00


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Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


Online, United Kingdom