Notes from Wild Bees in Pembrokeshire talk

Wild Bees in Pembrokeshire - an introduction to Species, Diversity and Learning to Record Wildlife with Clare Flynn @wildaboutnature, talk at Moylegrove Old School Hall, Tue 23 Jan 7.30pm

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Wild Bees in Pembrokeshire talk with Clare Flynn at Moylegrove Old School Hall, Tue 23 Jan 7.30pm, photo via @wildaboutnature

Clare Flynn, County Recorder, @wildaboutnature

Reasons for Biological Recording

  • Reliable biological data
  • Conservation - knowing what is there
  • Monitoring populations
  • Planning land use
  • Provides data for academic research

3 paths:

  1. County recorders
  2. Local Records Centres LERC
  3. National recording schemes eg MCS
  • West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre, WWBIC, Whitland
  • National Plant Monitoring Scheme
  • Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Centre

Biological record

  1. Who: recorder - full details
  2. What: species - backup ID with photo
  3. Where: location - 6 figure grid reference
  4. When: date - time stamp

our farmland is not biodiverse at all

Are there specific plants that help with biodiversity? Trees. Species?

Question: what are the most beneficial species for biodiversity? Do they have to be native?

Bees

I did a four day course on bumblebees and I was hooked

World:

  1. 25,000 species solitary bee
  2. 250 species bumblebee
  3. 7 species honey bee

UK:

  1. 243 species solitary bee
  2. 25 species bumblebee
  3. 1 species honey bee

Willow and dandelions for early bees.

Photo via @wildaboutnature tweet: https://mobile.twitter.com/wildaboutnature/status/956127645003124736

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