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University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Kent, Surrey, Sussex branch

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Branch AGM and Lecture on the decline in the numbers of Bumble bees

The AGM will be followed by a lecture by Professor Mark Brown, Head of Centre for Ecology and Conservation, School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London.

The talk will be entitled:  “ God Save the Queens. The importance of life-history for bumblebee conservation and ecology”. In his talk Professor Brown will discuss the evidence that bumblebees are in decline throughout the world driven by a number of factors including agrochemicals. Whilst bumblebees are social, their queens are solitary for most of their life, and thus represent a weak point in the colony cycle. Professor Brown will describe recent work carried out in his laboratory to investigate the impact of agrochemicals and natural stressors on queen success, including these results in the broader context of bumblebee and other insect conservation.”

Further information and bookings

Buffet from 18:00, AGM at 19:00 and lecture at 19:30
The event is free to attend but bookings are required at the link above.


The buffet will be held at the Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Surrey, Room 3AZ01 followed by the AGM then the lecture in lecture theatre 4AZ01.

Parking is free in the University after 16.30. Drive off the A3 roundabout into the main entrance, turn left then continue to the furthest car park. From here it is a walk of only 200 yards, past the lake on your left and with a flight of stone steps in front. The Department of Chemical Sciences is on the left of these steps.

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