Cheshire Bee Group

The Cheshire Bee Group was formed in early 2019 by Leanna Dixon and Chloe Aldridge.

The aims of the group are to;

  • Increase the number of Cheshire bee records (including on under recorded sites)
  • Enable shared learning to develop bee identification skills
  • Increase interest in bee recording

The group undertakes field trips to different locations throughout the season (April to September).


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2023 Sites Visited

  • 17th May – Grosvenor Park and Chester Meadows,
  • 16th June – Leasowe Dunes, Wirral 
  • 2nd July – Anderton Nature Park, Northwich 
  • 20th July – World Museum, Liverpool 
  • 8th August – Tegg’s Nose


2022 Sites Visited

  • 21st May – Chester Meadows
  • 10th July – Ness Gardens
  • 13th August – New Ferry Butterfly Park
  • 20th August – Heswall Shore – Search for Sea Aster Bee
An overview of 2019

Ness Botanic Gardens Field Visit – April 2019

Sites visited

  • Chester Meadows
  • Norton Priory, Runcorn
  • Risley Moss, Warrington
  • Red Rocks, Wirral
  • Countess of Chester Country Park
  • Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral
  • Cleaver Heath Nature Reserve, Heswall
  • Chester Zoo

Key finds (species with less than 10 records in Cheshire pre 2019).

Sphecodes ferruginatus

Species Location
Sphecodes ferruginatus Risley Moss
Megachile versicolor Cleaver Heath​
Andrena nitida Chester Meadows​
Andrena denticulata Chester Zoo​ & Red Rocks
Nomada leucophthalma Cleaver Heath​
Coelioxys elongata Cleaver Heath​

The Blood bee Sphecodes ferruginatus was a new record for Cheshire. A blog post about its identification using DNA barcoding can be found here.