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Useful Links and Resources

Below are some resources that we found useful for learning more about bees from research papers, books, photographs, societies, and more!



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Research papers



Steven Falk's Flickr

This collection of photographs by Steven falk attempts to cover EVERY species of bee on the British and Irish list (including the Channel Islands) acting as a virtual field experience and virtual museum collection.

Nesting habitat of ground-nesting bees: a review

This review reveals enormous variation among bee species in their associations with such nesting‐habitat attributes as soil texture, compaction, moisture, temperature, ground surface features, and proximity to conspecifics or floral resources. Click the button below to find out more.

Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland

This book from Steven Falk contains a comprehensive introduction to bee classification, ecology, field techniques and recording, a full glossary, and information on how to separate the sexes and distinguish bees from other insects. This is a field guide in the loose sense to help you recognise much of what you see in the field.

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Recording Wildlife

London Natural History Society

The London Natural History Society is a local natural history society within the UK concerned with recording the wildlife of London. The society aims to foster the appreciation and study of London's wildlife and natural environment and assisting in the conservation of wildlife in the London area by helping to record London's wildlife.

Field Study Council (FSC) Biolinks Project

FSC BioLinks is all about invertebrate identification. Invertebrates provide us with many useful ecosystem services, like pollination and decomposition, which we cannot survive without but their numbers are declining. = We provide learning opportunities to help people develop their invertebrate identification (ID) and recording skills.


The goal of iRecord is to make it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels.  Join iRecord now to share your sightings with the recording community, explore dynamic maps and graphs of your data and make a real contribution to science and conservation.

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Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society

BWARS is a subscription based volunteer recording society, operating under the aegis of the UK Biological Records Centre. The Society is affiliated to the British Entomological and Natural History Society which aims to promote the recording of aculeate Hymenoptera in Great Britain and Ireland, and to foster links with similar societies and interested individuals throughout Europe.

WREN Wildlife and Conservation Group

Wren is the local charity aimed at conserving the local open spaces that so many of us love and that are home to a vast range of wildlife, some of which is rare. Through a range of activities Wren provides information and a voice for local people, to learn about and to influence the management and conservation of our local environment.

Rory Diamond's Beginner Bee Chart

Many species of mining bees emerge in spring, but identifying these solitary bees can be a bit challenging. Rory Diamond has put together this simple but very useful graphic guide to help ID some of the UK's most distinctive common mining bees.

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