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Keep Edinburgh Buzzing! Free Online Course

Could you identify these Edinburgh pollinators?

A black and yellow striped hoverfly, an organe, brown and white moth, a moth that looks like a tiny branch, a brown butterfuly, a bumblebee and a bee with yellow spots on its back
 Credits from left to right: Top: James Clugston, Frank Brooks, Robert Thompson. Bottom: Jim Black, James Clugston Max Coleman

About this course

This is a short course on the importance of our pollinators and how you can help - whether you are in Edinburgh or anywhere else there is something for you!  It has been developed by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and Edinburgh Living Landscape with funding for videos from the Sibbald Trust and help from Butterfly Conservation Scotland.

What does the course cover?

The course covers the process of pollination, identifying pollinators and planting for pollinators. The specific learning outcomes are:

  • Describe the process of pollination and its importance
  • Identify the different types of pollinators and which ones we have in Edinburgh
  • Identify which flowers attract which pollinators
  • Describe the threats facing Edinburgh’s pollinators
  • Take action to promote pollinators to your garden/home/local environment
  • Describe how local organisations, local charities and projects are working to conserve pollinators and other invertebrates

Who is the course for?

This course is for everyone who wants to learn about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help. It is for a recommended age of 13+.

How long will the course take?

It will take around 90 minutes to complete.

Do I need any prior knowledge?

No, this is a beginners' course!

How much does the course cost?

This course is completely free to use.

For the first 100 Scottish residents completing ths course there will be a free goodie pack containing further information on how to help conserve Scotland's pollinators. (Age 13+).

What support will I get?

Online technical support will be available via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do I need a PropaGate Learning Account?

No, you can sign in as a guest.

What do I need?

You will need a computer with reliable online access with a connection capable of streaming videos and downloading documents.  This activity has been optimised for mobile devices although you may find your phone is a bit small to view everything! An up-to-date browser is the main piece of software you will need. We recommend Firefox or Google Chrome, although others may work.

Please make sure you have your headphones plugged in or your speakers switched on as there are some voiceovers in this course.

How do I get to the course?

After 1st March 2018, just go to Keep Edinburgh Buzzing, click the 'Log in as a guest' button, accept the terms and conditions and you will be in the course area.

Edinburgh living landscape Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh RZSS Bringing conservation to life



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