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A Beginner's Guide to Identifying Bumblebees Workshop

Ever wanted to tell your buff tail from your early bumblebee? Join our bumblebee experts in learning how to identify the different bumblebees that can be found at Bateman’s.

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Whether you're already a bumblebee enthusiast or simply curious about these charismatic little creatures, this event is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to identify bumblebees.

Our knowledgeable experts SC Morgan (co-author of Bumblebees: an introduction) and Peter Greenhalf (contributor to Bees of Sussex) will guide you through the basics of bumblebee identification, sharing fascinating insights about their behaviour and habitats.

During this fun, hands-on day, you'll learn to distinguish between various bumblebees and understand their vital role in our ecosystem. You’ll discover the key characteristics to look for, such as colour patterns and body shape, while observing live bumblebees up close in the gardens. You'll also gain valuable tips on attracting and supporting these important pollinators in your own garden.

The morning will be spent learning how to identify bees, there will then be a break for lunch where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch from the Mulberry Tea-room or enjoy your own packed lunch and in the afternoon, we will walk the gardens and try identifying in the field.

Thursday 13 June and Wednesday 3 July, 10.30am–3.30pm. £45 per adult which includes your entry to the property on the day and a Bee ID pack worth £10.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £45.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895


Suitable for adults without a bee allergy.

Meeting point

Please meet at Visitor Reception.

What to bring and wear

Part of this event takes place outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather. We advise that you wear sensible footwear, long sleeved shirts, hats and sunscreen.


The event takes place in the Oast meeting room, which is reached by stairs with 17 steps and in the garden where there are paths with steps, slopes and varying surfaces. Please see the access pages at


This event is not suitable for those who have or think they could have a bee allergy, as the day involves safely trapping and releasing live bees. Your entry to the property on the day and a Bee ID pack worth £10 is included in the ticket price. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided on the day.

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