This tour is an opportunity to properly explore the vital part that these fascinating pollinators play in our world, and how the rewilding of marginal farmland has provided a dramatic increase in the available nectar for wild bees.
In the safe hands of an expert, you’ll use a sweep net to catch the bees that populate the Wild Ken Hill woodland, the heathland, and other areas and bring them to your guide to examine and identify before releasing them back on their way.
You’ll learn about the variety of bee habitats and see which types Wild Ken Hill offers off the beaten track. You’ll learn to identify the different species of Bumble Bee, find out how Cuckoo Bees take their name and hopefully encounter solitary bee species.
Along the way, you’ll wander through the variety of habitats at Wild Ken Hill, perhaps bumping into the friendly Tamworth pigs or the beautiful Exmoor ponies.
AM/PM: The Bees Guided Tour always takes place in the morning
Start Time: 09:30 (please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time)
Duration: Around 2 hours
- Tour typically on foot. Possible vehicle use in bad weather.
- Moderate walking pace with frequent stops. Moderate fitness is best to cope with walking on uneven ground. There are a small number of hilly slopes with gradients no steeper than 20%.
- Walking distance: 2-3 km
- Tour will go ahead in almost all weathers, so please dress accordingly. Trousers, sleeve-length tops and robust shoes are required in all weathers, as the ground is uneven and the long grass can be wet or scratchy. In wet or cold weather, a warm waterproof coat and wellington boots are required.
- In exceptional weather circumstances, this guided tour may require postponing.
- Suitable for Children 12 and over. For little legs and impatient enthusiasts please see The Big Picture - Families
- Covid-19 secure