Exploring Ivy: Autumn Food for Honey Bees and Flower-visiting Insects

Workshop date:  Saturday 5th October 2019

Ivy is one of the most abundant and widely distributed UK plants. It is also native to most of Europe. Ivy is known for its distinctive leaves and for climbing on trees and walls. Less well known is the fact that ivy flowers, which bloom in autumn, are a major source of nectar and pollen for flower-visiting insects.

This workshop is targeted at anyone who is interested in learning more about ivy and the many insects that feed on the autumn blossom. You will learn how to identify the main types of flower-visiting insects, including the attractive, and recently arrived to the UK, Ivy bee. 
The workshop will take place at LASI and will combine lectures with hands on activities, and will be based on the results of LASI research carried out in the  Sussex Plan for Honey Bee Health & Well Being. Teachers include Professor Francis Ratnieks, Dr. Karin Alton and other LASI researchers.

Other information

The workshop will be taught on Saturday 5th October between 11.30am and 15pm, please aim to arrive by 11.15 to allow for parking and refreshments prior to the first lecture at 11.30. 

The Laboratory of Apiculture & Social Insects, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN19QG

A donation of £20 is requested towards the research we carry out at LASI, and is payable at the time of booking. Spaces are limited to 25 people and will be allocated on a first come basis.

A notebook and pen and a camera for photographing insects is optional.

Sussex University is easily reached by road and rail. Falmer station is 10 minutes walk. Parking is available in visitor car parks for a small fee (free on Saturday). Please park in car park P1 or P4.

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Please book your space on this workshop here:

Exploring Ivy: Autumn Food for Honey Bees and Flower-visiting Insects 


We look forward to welcoming you to the lab.