With your help and support last year, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust was successful in securing £25,000 for our Pollinating the Peak project in Derbyshire from the Aviva Community Fund.
This year we have submitted another project: Help find our bumblebees. Where’s Bombus? so we can expand our work of saving Scotland’s bumblebees.
It’s a project about raising awareness and training local people in the Outer Hebrides to look for and record our bumblebees, in particular the Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus).
To get through to the next round we need members of the public to vote. Everyone can vote and the project with the most votes will be entered into the Finals where a judging panel will award funding.
Each voter can cast 10 votes for the same project or split between different projects.
You can register you votes online at: Aviva Community Fund
Voting is open between Tuesday 24th October to midday on Tuesday 21 November 2017.
If we are successful in securing the grant, then during 2018 we plan to deliver a programme of training events in the Outer Hebrides focusing on the islands of Lewis, Harris, North & South Uist, Barra and Eriksay.
A festival of bees and wildflowers will be held to recruit local people, young or old, from the local communities to become the next generation of entomologists.
Our Conservation Officers will help them set up BeeWalk transects on the islands and give the volunteers the support they need to make it a success.
If you would like to know more about the project or become involved, please contact:
Katy Malone, Conservation Officer (Scotland)
Mobile: 075544 14052
We very much look forward to hearing from you. Please don’t forget to vote and please share with family and friends.