Here we provide you with some extra information about how to identify the bees and record the data. You can have a look at it before you leave the house or print off the PDF (here) and take it with you. Remember, it's important that you see the bee at the nest so we can work out what kind of nest site each species of bee prefers.
Identifying the bees. If you’re new to solitary bees then this bit may seem daunting but don’t worry! We have picked species that are fairly easy to identify by sight and if you’re still not sure then just take a picture and send it to us, either through email, facebook or twitter, and we’ll have a look at it for you. For more information on the species please click on the photos to link to their profiles in the Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS) website.
We would also like to direct you towards two resources: The BWARS website can provide you with much more information about each of these species and the other hymenopteran species in the UK. On Steven Falk’s flickr page you will find many more photos of not only solitary bees but a multitude of British insects and other animals. Many of the photos on this site are Steven’s, which we are using with his kind permission and we really do recommend you head over to have a look at his photographic collections.
Shade. The following photos show an example for each category of shadiness. Please be aware that these are just examples and your site may look very different. In each case the red circle denotes the extent of the nesting aggregation
Slope is fairly straightforward. If the nests aren’t on flat (blue crosses) or vertical (red crosses) ground, then we consider the ground sloped (orange crosses). Easy!