The University of Sussex is organising two half-day workshops in Brighton on July 1st and 2nd, for a small donation of £10.
The workshop is targeted at anyone who is interested in helping bees through flowers, whether ornamental garden flowers or wild flowers. You will learn how to identify the main types of flower-visiting insects and how to quantify them so that you can determine which attract the most insects and also which types of insects visit them. For example, some flowers attract more honey bees, some more bumble bees, some more butterflies.
To find out more and register, visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lasi/newsandevents/events/plantsforbees
The Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) has been undertaking exciting research involving the National Collection of Symphyotrichum (Aster) at Picton Garden, Worcestershire. For more information refer to this PhD thesis by Mihail Garbuzov (Chapter 7):