This is the core of our citizen science initiative -
We need you to help us collect data from the nest boxes!
Click here to upload your images and observations from the bee nest boxes in Oxford and Wytham Woods.
You will need to login with a Google account to fill in the form, but we do not keep any record of your email address.
We also welcome images and observations from your home solitary bee nest boxes - click on the same link above
For our study we need images of nest box visitors, including bees, wasps or spiders that build nests in the nest box, or wasps and spiders that might be preying on the bees or the larvae.
If there are tubes occupied by solitary bees, we‘d be interested in seeing an image of the sealed tube end. This helps us identify what types of bees are using the nest box. Generally, miner bees use soil and leaf-cutter bees use leaves to seal their nests.
We would also like to have images of the flowers that are blooming around the nest boxes.
There's a useful guide to taking pictures of bees here.
We’re also interested in what you think and what you’ve seen - send us pictures and notes about what interests you!
Species you’re likely to see:
Bees: Megachile (leaf-cutters), Osmia bicornis, Osmia caerulescens and Osmia leaiana (mason bees), Coelioxys (cuckoo bees)
Wasps (largely parasites of the bees): Crossocerus sp, Passaloecus sp., Symmorphorus bifasciatus, Monodontomerus, Pteromalus, Ancistrocerus nigricornis, Ancistrocerus trifasciatus, Pemphredon lugubris, Auplopus carbonarius, Melittobia acasta, Gasteruption jaculator, Sapyga quinquepuncata, Chrysura radians, Chrysis ignita and Chrysis terminate.
Are you looking for more opportunities to observe and learn about bees?
Join the Wytham Woods BumbleBee Walks and the Wytham Woods Citizen Science program: https://www.wythamwoods.ox.ac.uk/events.