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Kent competition aims to get local residents buzzing about bee poetry

Everyone in the beautiful county of Kent can ‘bee’ creative this summer by writing ‘buzzing’ poetry which celebrates the county’s beautiful bees, coastline and countryside.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is launching a poetry competition aimed at raising awareness of Kent’s wild bees.

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Unique online tool launched to help save bumblebees and other pollinating insects

With global crashes in insect numbers causing alarm, a unique free online gardening resource to get people growing more flowers for bumblebees and other pollinating insects has been launched at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in the Peak District this week by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Hunt launched across northwest Scotland to help save one of UK’s rarest bumblebees

People taking their holidays in northwest Scotland this summer are being asked to help identify some of the last locations of one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees, in a new bid by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to pull the insect back from the brink of extinction. Read More

2018’s extreme weather led to a tough year for the UK’s bumblebees

2018 was a tough year for many of the UK’s 24 bumblebee species according to a report released today by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

The new report summarises trends in the UK’s bumblebee populations, using data gathered every year from 2010 by a country wide network of hundreds of ‘BeeWalker’ citizen scientists.

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Non-native invasive Species Watch: Asian or Yellow-legged Hornet (Vespa velutina)

The GB non-native species secretariat is calling for people to look out for a potential invasive non-native hornet known as the Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina). There have been thirteen confirmed sightings and six nests destroyed in England since 2016, with nine sightings occurring in 2018 (last sighting on 14th Oct 2018). Asian hornets have the potential to pose a threat to wild bees and domestic honeybees if they become established. The GB non-native species secretariat are therefore keen to receive reports of any sightings to prevent the establishment of this non-native species.

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Local communities learn to cherish the wild bumblebees of West wales

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is celebrating a successful conclusion to their three-year project, Bee Wild West Wales, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Caged flowers could save rare bee in one of its last strongholds

A first-of-its kind project offering hope for one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees has been launched on the Peak District moors near Sheffield this month, with support from the National Lottery. Read More

Plant ‘Bee kind’ flowers and get your garden buzzing

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has released a major upgrade to its ‘Bee kind’ tool, a free online gardening resource which helps people choose the best plants for bumblebees and other pollinating insects. Read More

A systems approach reveals urban pollinator hotspots and conservation opportunities

A new study shows that pollinator populations in cities can thrive in the vicinity of allotments and gardens despite cities being perceived as having lower biodiversity levels compared to the countryside. Although many people think of brambles, dandelions, ox-eye daisies, creeping thistle and buttercups as weeds, the areas containing these plants had higher pollinator numbers and increased diversity.

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Bumblebee Conservation Trust awarded £25,000 by Animal Friends Pet Insurance

We were delighted to receive an award of £25,000 from Animal Friends Pet Insurance earlier this week during their ‘Big Reveal’. The money will go towards science and conservation work to help one of our rarest bumblebees, the Great Yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus).

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