Nurturing Nature gives staff at Kew Gardens a solitary bee pests presentation

November 9, 2017

in Gardening For Wildlife, Nurturing Nature Talks/Presentations, Other solitary garden bees, Red mason solitary bees, Solitary Bee Observation Box

Solitary bee pests presentation at Kew Gardens

I had the privilege of giving a presentation to staff members, which included academics, researchers and students, at Kew Botanical Gardens. It was entitled “Is your bee hotel a nursery for pests and disease?” and loosely based on my article of the same name.

Is your bee hotel a nursery for pests and disease?

Review by Prof. Phil Stevenson, Kew Gardens

“I have just walked out of a truly entertaining and very informative presentation about wild bees by George Pilkington. Outstanding and truly unique videos showing inside the nests of solitary bee species with incredible footage of the various parasites they have to contend with. George has an extraordinary knowledge of the biology and behaviour of these pests that plague bees and provides important insights into the best nests and how to protect solitary bees from these challenges”.

“I’ll certainly be paying more attention to my own Nurturing Nature solitary bee nest boxes this coming spring and summer”.

With thanks to Dr Hauke Koch for the photograph.

Kew Gardens is well worth a visit. I particularly like the Hive at Kew, which is, in itself an experience to visit.

This is just one of about 14 wildlife gardening/organic gardening presentations I give. If you would like me to give your organisation a presentation, please contact me. email:  nurturing-nature   @

For info and link to buy an excellent book Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland by Steven Falk

An extremely useful resource supports this book by a special website feature within Steve Falk’s Flickr website which furnishes extra photos and other useful resources to assist with identification.

Solitary Bees book by Ted Benton

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