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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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Organic dairy farmers spring into action for bumblebees

Welsh dairy farmers and bumblebees don’t normally crop up in the same context but a group of organic dairy farmers, who market products under the Calon Wen brand, are hoping to change things.

Photo credit: Cotswold Seeds Ltd

Concerned by the plight of the humble bumble Calon Wen farmers have sprung into action.

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ASA ‘UK Animal Charity of the Year’ award winners!

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was delighted to be awarded the ‘UK Animal Charity of the Year’ at the inaugural Animal Star Awards, which took place at the Mandalay Hotel in Guildford on Saturday 3 November 2018. Helen King, Communications Officer and Laura Shakespeare, Project Development Officer, attended the ceremony to pick up the award on behalf of the Trust. Over 200 people attended the ceremony, hosted by founder Mary Burgess and BBC Surrey radio presenter Mark Carter, with our award being presented by Dave Gardiner from Evergreen Insurance Services.

Gill Perkins, CEO said “This accolade is fantastic recognition of the hard work on a day to day basis, staff, volunteers and members deliver and the great support the Trust gets from a wide range of people. Hopefully, this is the first of many awards for the Trust”.

Vote for us in the Aviva Community Awards 2018!

How are the bumblebees doing? It’s a question we are often asked here at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and one which you can help us answer by voting for us in the Aviva Community Awards 2018!

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Celebrating the winning photo from the ‘bumblebees of Kent’ photography competition

In July, our Making a Buzz for the Coast project launched their first photography competition, seeking to celebrate the diversity of Kent’s bumblebees.

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