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New research competition challenges 11-19 year olds to help save the UK’s bumblebees

School and college students across the UK are being challenged to generate new scientific discoveries that could be used to help protect the country’s struggling bumblebees, though a competition being run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Latest State of Nature Report declares ‘No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature’

The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated. Read More

Ten years on . . . restored Kent and East Sussex landscape brings the buzz back for rare bumblebees

A decade ago a pioneering landscape scale project began, aiming to bring back a rare bumblebee, extinct in the UK, to the South Kent and East Sussex coastline.

Ten years later three species of rare bumblebees have increased in significant numbers on the Kent and East Sussex Marshes around Dungeness. The work carried out during the project by an amazing community of scientists, conservationists, volunteers and nearly 100 farmers and landowners, has restored a valuable ecosystem largely lost from the UK over a large area. The changes have benefited a wide range of species such as mammals, insects, flowers and birds in addition to the flagship bumblebees.

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Playing our part in ‘Backyard Nature’ – connecting children with nature

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is proud to be part of ‘Backyard Nature’, a nationwide drive to help children connect with nature.

‘Backyard Nature’ is inspired by the Eco Emeralds, a group of young environmentalists from Anfield, Liverpool, motivated by recent documentaries including ‘Our Planet’.

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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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