The Kent coastline is buzzing again thanks to the hard work by staff and volunteers of a local conservation project.
Over the last three years ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’, run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has created flower rich stepping stones to connect local bumblebee populations. We have engaged thousands of members of the public, and many hundreds have helped by converting to bee-friendly gardening, surveying for bumblebees, and raising awareness of the many and varied bumblebee species in the county. The work is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Kent, the ‘garden of England’ is home to 22 of the UK’s 24 species of bumblebees, a vital part of the county’s heritage, including one of the UK’s rarest, the Shrill carder bee.
The project recently published its latest annual report, highlighting recent achievements, including several exciting discoveries of the rare Shrill carder bee on new sites by project volunteers. Staff and volunteers have undertaken task days to create and restore habitat for bumblebees and, during 2019, delivered 60 community events.
Emma Lansdell from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust said “Through working with our project partners, amazing volunteers and landowners, 2019 was a fantastic year for creating much needed habitat for bumblebees. Working together, we are securing the beautiful north Kent coast as one of the UK’s strongholds for our vital pollinating bumblebees.”
Stuart McLeod, Director, England – London and South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said “Looking after nature and helping people to understand its importance is a priority for National Lottery funding. The Making a Buzz for the Coast’s success in creating and managing many valuable grassland sites, and enthusing people to take action for bumblebees, will safeguard this important biodiversity asset.”