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Kinlochbervie session on how to be a beewalker

By Ali Morrison

North West Sutherland landowner the John Muir Trust (JMT) has joined forces with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to run two training events in the area.

A bumblebee identification workshop takes place at the Kinlochbervie Hotel on Wednesday, March 18, followed by a beewalk survey nearby.

Bumblebee sucks nectar from the flower with her long tongue
Bumblebee sucks nectar from the flower with her long tongue

It is hoped that those who take part in the training sessions will then continue to monitor bumblebees in the area.

The bumblebee trust said: “Bumblebee numbers are declining across the country - we’ve already lost two species. To better understand the reason why, we need lots of data such as where we can find the remaining bees, how many there are and what they are doing.”

The workshop (11am-12.30pm) focuses on how to identify the ‘Big 6’ common bumblebee species plus a couple of rarer ones.

The beewalk (1.30pm-3pm) covers how to become a ‘beewalker’ and includes a practice field session near the hotel.

Beewalk is a national recording scheme and volunteers are needed to count the bumblebees they see on a monthly walk along a set route from March to October.

All are welcome to either one or both sessions. More information on the trust's website.

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