led by leading bee expert Dave Goulson
We’re probably all aware of the crisis affecting our bees in the UK but the Knepp Wildland provides an antidote – 3,500 acres free from pesticides, where wild plants and insects can thrive. The extensive swards of flowers and forests of willow that have colonised some areas of the Wildland provide great spring forage for bees. Our bee safari, led by one of the world’s leading bee experts, Dave Goulson, will entrance you with the dazzling variety of many of the UK’s 26 species of indigenous bumblebees.
Undoubtedly you’ll find our common bumblebee species: buff-tails, white-tails, garden bumblebees, early bumblebees, common carders, and red-tails. You can expect to find some cuckoo bumblebees, too - parasites that invade bumblebee nests, kill the queen, and enslave the workers. And perhaps, if you’re lucky, you might find rarer species, such as the red-shanked carder.
Learn about the mysterious and ingenious life-cycles of these remarkable pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecology and food production. You’re in the hands of a master.
Half-way through your safari we’ll stop for coffee, tea and our famous organic homemade cake. Walking will be at a gentle pace for about 2 ½ hours with frequent stops for bee-spotting and catching. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground.
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Unfortunately we cannot offer a refund or alternative date for your safari booking. We also cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see. Our safaris are suitable only for children of 12 and over