© The Buzz Club team at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom

The team here at the University of Sussex are passionate about studying, understanding and conserving these fascinating insects! We want you to be a Citizen Scientist and save the bees!

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© The Buzz Club Professor Dave Goulson PhD

Professor Dave Goulson – Project & laboratory Director

Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology, specializing in the ecology and conservation of bumblebees. Author of the bestselling A Sting in the Tale and A Buzz in the Meadow. See Dave's YouTube channel "Dave Goulson" and also follow Dave’s blog, here. Contact via email at D.Goulson@sussex.ac.uk and found on twitter @DaveGoulson and Wikipedia.

© The Buzz Club Dr. Robert Fowler PhD

Dr. Rob Fowler – Buzz Club Co-ordinator

Rob is the centre point for organization at the Buzz Club. Working at the University of Sussex in reducing the carbon footprint of the science school and also keeping everyone organised.

Therefore, Rob will be your first point of call for 'all things Buzz Club'. Telephone Rob on
(0044) 01273 872 758 or email at info@thebuzzclub.uk or via the Buzz Club twitter account @The_Buzz_Club.

See Rob's project pages:
Air Bee n' Bee and Pollinator Abundance Network.

© The Buzz Club Linda Birkin PhD student

Miss Linda Birkin – Citizen Science PhD student

Linda is a busy final year PhD student and also works with Rob concerning all matters the Buzz Club. Dealing with enquiries, updates and contact with volunteers for the variety Buzz Club projects. Between them, they should be able to answer any 'Buzzing questions'. Email Linda at l.birkin@sussex.ac.uk or make contact via Linda's personal twitter account @LJBees.

See Linda's project page: Garden Shop calculator.

© The Buzz Club Kate Basley PhD student

Miss Kate Kate_Basley – Citizen Science PhD student

Kate is a busy final year PhD student. Kate's research concerns looking at the effect of pesticides on non-target organisms.

This research includes many different variety of animals – from hoverflies and butterflies, to worms and aquatic invertebrates – bringing additional expertize and variety to our team. Keep up with Kate on twitter on her personal account at

© The Buzz Club Veronica Wignall Research PhD student

Miss Veronica Wignall – Citizen Science PhD student

Veronica is at the beginning of her PhD, researching the foraging ecology and behaviour of bees and other flower-visiting insects.

Also she is the author of:
Pee-powered light for refugee camps.

Contact Veronica at vw58@sussex.ac.uk or on twitter on her personal account at @vronwig?lang=en.

© The Buzz Club Dr Ellen Rotheray PhD

Dr Ellen Rotheray

Ellie gets very excited by bees. However she loves Hoverflies more!

See Ellie's YouTube channel:
"Introducing Hoverfly Lagoons" and "Creating and Surveying Hoverfly Lagoons". Contact Ellie at E.L.Rotheray@sussex.ac.uk or on twitter on her personal account at @EllenRotheray.

See Ellie's ptoject page:
Hoverfly Lagoons.

© The Buzz Club Dr. Elizabeth Nicholls PhD

Dr Beth Nicholls

Beth is researching the effect of pesticides on pollinator populations in the UK and India. Beth also controls the Buzz Club twitter account with Rob @The_Buzz_Club.

Contact Beth at her personal twitter account
@BethBees. To email Beth: E.Nicholls@sussex.ac.uk.

See Beth's project page: Team Pollin-ATE which also provides details of allotment events. Also looking at the main aim "why do we want to study pollinators in allotments?"

© The Buzz Club Mrs Janine Griffiths-Lee PhD student

Mrs Janine Griffiths-Lee – Citizen Science PhD student

Janine is a busy PhD student as well as a new mummy. Janine is studying the ways to boost wild bee populations in vineyards, orchards, allotments and gardens.

It is important that we can understand the effects of changes on our pollinators, and whether there are simple techniques that we can use to boost pollinator populations in effected areas.

Contact Janine by email at: j.griffiths-lee@sussex.ac.uk or via her personal twitter account @janinegrifflee.

See Janine's project page:
Sow Wild!

© The Buzz Club Mr. Xavier McNally MSc candidate (Sx UK)

Mr. Xavier McNally MSc candidate (Sx)

Xavier is reading MSc Global Biodiversity Conservation academic programme at the University of Sussex and has joined the Buzz Club team to continue the Air Bee n' Bee project into 2018. He is studying the effectiveness of bee hotels for attracting and sustaining populations of solitary bees.

Contact Xavier at at his personal twitter account

To email Xavier: xm45@sussex.ac.uk.

© The Buzz Club bumble-bee


A bumblebee (also written bumble bee) is a member of the genus Bombus, part of Apidae, one of the bee families. This genus is the only extant group in the tribe Bombini, though a few extinct related genera (e.g., Calyptapis) are known from fossils.

Over 250 species of bumblebee are known. They are found primarily in higher altitudes or latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, although they are also found in South America where a few lowland tropical species have been identified. European bumblebees have also been introduced to New Zealand and Tasmania.

The brood parasitic or cuckoo bumblebees have sometimes been classified as a subgenus or genus, Psithyrus, but are now usually treated as members of Bombus.

© The Buzz Club YouTube videos

YouTube © The Buzz Club

Two of our Buzz Club experts have published their own Youtube channels which offers videos on 'how to' as well as information of projects such as bees and gardens.

Professor Dave Goulson channel, "
Dave Goulson",
"A quick tour of my bee-friendly garden in May"

Dr. Ellen Rotheray channel, "
Ellen Rotheray",
"Introducing Hoverfly Lagoons",
"Creating and Surveying Hoverfly Lagoons".

The Buzz Club channel "Introduction to the Buzz Club".
The Buzz Club channel "How to Grow Wildflowers".