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Bee ID Sheet

Bee Spotting : Random Acts of Wildness Nature Challenge.

There are many bees in the garden, attracted by the assortment of scents and colours of the flowers and tree blossoms.

This week is National Insect Week! Two years ago, the focus was on looking for whichever bugs could be found - traditional bug-hunting!

Using a wildlife ID sheet is another way to record insects, wildlife and plants found in and around the garden, woods and parks. Watching out for less familiar wildlife using a wildlife identification sheet can help extend knowledge of different wildlife creatures, birds and plants that might be visiting local areas. Instead of finding a bug and then discovering more about it, this wildlife activity focuses on having a list of possible mini-beasts to actively look out for (or wildlife, plants, trees or birds).

Here's an excellent bee spotter sheet from Wildlife Watch - plus many more for different finds in the garden, local green spaces and woodland areas. There is also the opportunity to make your own insect spotter ID sheet

The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild. Wildlife Blog Kent Surrey Sussex London. Watercolour Bee.
Watercolour Bee Ink Illustration Collage
Traditionally, botanical illustrators and wildlife artists would record the wildflowers, insects and wildlife discovered by making very detailed and accurate ink sketches and watercolour paintings.

For today's 30 Days Wild nature challenge and wildlife blog, here is a fun watercolour bee image from a couple of years ago - it is inspiration for recording more accurately the bees that visit in and around the garden and local woodland areas. More bees later!

 For the #30dayswild post in 2016, Nature Challenge : Note Your Sightings, click here.

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