Bees, Hoverflies and Flowers: Pollinators and Pollination

Bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects play an enormously important role in natural habitats and agricultural systems alike. Some pollinators are known to be declining, and their conservation is a cause for concern. This course introduces the insects that play a role in pollination, helping you to recognise them, understand how they interact with flowering plants, and find out how to play your part in conserving them. Course description: Pollinating insects include some very familiar and attractive species. Many plants depend on these insects to survive, and in turn the insects depend on the plants, resulting in fascinating interactions between these groups. Pollinators, and especially bees, have been in the news a lot in recent years. Some are known to be declining, and this has been linked to a combination of the use of pesticides, increased incidence of disease, and loss of habitat.

This course introduces a range of pollinating insects, including the variety of different bees and hoverflies: how to find them, how to recognise them and what their role is in pollination. We’ll be able to explore the rich flower meadows and hedgerows of Forty Hall Farm.  A number of projects have been set up recently to help record and conserve pollinators, and you’ll be able to find out how to take part in these.

By the end of this course participants will have:

• Learnt to distinguish some of the important insect pollinators

• Gained an overview of the interactions between plants and insects

• Had experience of how and where to find pollinators in the field

• Found out where to go for further information and guidance on insect identification and conservation, and how to join in with current pollinator projects


0945 Registration
1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
1020 Presentation – the main pollinator groups and how they interact with plants
1100 Field Session – Exploring pollinators around the farm. First steps at identifying insects: which group is it in and what is its natural history
1230 Lunch (please bring a packed lunch)
1330 Classroom – a closer look at the insects we found in the morning, taking identification further
1400 Field session 2 – finding more pollinators and carrying out surveys
1545 Summary – a chance to ask more questions
1600 Course finishes

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Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Nature & Wildlife


Epping Forest

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