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Welcome to my Bee Trail general info page,
where you can find all the info you need to do the trail.
There are 14 graphically illustrated signs around Salisbury city, each features a bee and the aim is to find them all. Each of the illustrated bee signs has a little bit of bee knowledge on it for you to learn and if you like you can also download my free App to add some interest/knowledge and to see the featured bee come to life in amazing AR technology! While you can just use the paper map to guide you to each illustrated bee sign, the App will also tell you a little more and give you some easy learn quizes to help you keep that bee knowledge in your memory.
The AR technology bees are really fun to see (Augmented reality or AR for short, is like a 'virtual' moving bee) so go to the links below to find and download those.
Virtual Bee Trail App-
can be found here for Android and Apple devices.
App Tip - To see the virtual bee image fully, stand slightly back as you scan the sign with your phone. A bee, some info and a 'badge' to collect, should become visible to you. Move your phone around until you get it right!
The 14 bees that can be found on the Bee Trail are listed on our Bee Locations Page. Please click here to visit this page.
Access - Yes most of the Bee Trail locations are accessible, a couple will be easier in dry weather. Where possible the signs have been placed low.
Download the location list
Download a print-ready location list by clicking the icon below. This list also has a handy what3words location list to help you pin point the 14 bees to be found.
Maps can be picked up at Five Rivers Health and Well-being Centre. Maps are kindly sponsored by Camilla Hiley Garden and Landscape Design and Ikando graphic design.
No time limit
Follow the Bee Trail
Take a look at the Bee Trail social media accounts or Facebook or Instagram by clicking the icons below.
The trail is dispersed around the corners of the city and is meant to be done slowly, there is no time limit. I hope you will also take the opportunity to look around at each of the sign locations, taking in the sights of the city. The trail is as much about enjoying the outdoors and slowing down enough to see it, as it is bees, so why not plan to 'collect' one Bee Trail point a week and make a day of it. Why not take a picnic, take the bikes, have fun outside in nature as you are enjoying this 'walking workshop' trail around our beautiful Cathedral city.
Think of the Bee Trail and the resources on this website as your 'Bee Basics 101' or a 'walking workshop' might describe it better!
In my work doing workshops, gardens and talks about wildlife, the thing that crops up the most is that people often do not know the fundamentals of looking after bees and it is actually really simple. Once we have a good foundation of knowledge and understand that many species exist in the UK and Ireland, we are off to a flying start! No need to buy honey bees or hives, the most powerful thing you can do is right at home in your own space, for free! My 'top tips for bees' page explains more of those fundamentals and 'bee basics'.
Get a Bee Trail for yourself
To ask about having your very own Bee Trail as a visitor experience,
get in touch!
Wildlife Trails and workshops
Community Garden Planning
Plants for pollinators
This page lists my very favourite plants for bees and other pollinators.
The wonderful bee images were commissioned out to local graphic artist Geraint Ford of 'Bluntwood'. If you see any damage to the Bee Trail signs, please get in touch.
Want much more bee knowledge?
Additional bee info for each of the species in the trail, is linked below.
Click the individual bee names to find out much more about these fabulous bees via various informative websites.
1. Andrena fulva
2. Bombus hortorum
6. Some bee science (Identifying pollinators)
12. Colletes hederae
13. Bombus pascuorum
(a pollinator wild card, in the trail!)
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