Bee Survey: Nob End SSSI, Bolton

Contact Catherine Haddon ( for more information and to book a place on this course.

Help survey for the common, rare and downright unusual bees of Merseyside and Lancashire with Ben Hargreaves as part of Plan Bee.

Around 250 types of bee in the UK – 24 species of bumblebees (two local extinctions of bumblebee) and 225 kinds of solitary bee and honeybees.

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is keen to ensure that this rich diversity of insects continues with its Plan Bee.

Plan Bee, funded by the Cory Environmental Trust and Whitemoss Community Fund, is working with Knowsley, St Helens and West Lancashire councils to survey areas and encourage planting of wildflowers.

And the councils have joined in enthusiastically earmarking in excess of 50 areas, which they are happy to manage to benefit invertebrate conservation.

"Bees provide an important ecosystem service, through the pollination of plants.

"A world without bees would therefore be very different as many crops and plants require insects to pollinate them."

Ben Hargreaves, Plan Bee Project Officer

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 00:00