On Wednesday 22nd July 2015, the Society was pleased to host George Pilkington from Nurturing Nature who gave a very entertaining talk on bumblebees.
Through a combination of funny anecdotes, interesting facts and fascinating slides—including videos he has taken himself over a number of years—George told us everything there is to know about bumblebees: from mating to nesting, pests to diseases, foods to ‘icides’, there really was a great deal to learn.
George has spent many years studying and observing bumblebees in his own garden, and in the wild, often pre-empting and even overturning formal academic studies with his findings.
His wealth of knowledge has led him to develop, what is described by Professor Dave Goulson as, “probably the best commercially available bumblebee nest box”. It comes complete with a ‘bumblebee cat-flap’ to help prevent invasion from one of their biggest threats: the wax moth (horrible little things!).
Our thanks to George for a most interesting talk!
To learn more about Nurturing Nature, or to order a bumblebee nest box, visit www.nurturing-nature.co.uk.