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Carnaby buzzes into action for Bees’ Needs Week

Carnaby Street is gearing up to be quite literally buzzing. From 9-15 July, Carnaby will launch Bees’ Needs Week, celebrating the nation’s pollinator heroes.

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Making a buzz for the Coast boosts Kent’s bumblebee population

Kent has more rare bumblebees than anywhere else in the UK and is home to a nationally important bumblebee population. The county is now the focus of an ambitious project “Making a Buzz for the Coast”, led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. This week the project team held a celebration event attended by local town mayors, with a series of talks and a bee hunt in the gardens of Hempstead House. Read More

Special Guest Joins Housebuilder to Launch New Book in Tamworth

To celebrate the launch of its latest book, a local housebuilder invited a television star to host an exclusive book reading for school children in Tamworth.

The team at Redrow Homes Midlands was joined by Naomi Wilkinson from Naomi’s Nature Nightmares at its largest development in the region, Amington Fairway on Mercian Way.

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Call to look out for the non-native Asian or Yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina)

This species was found in Britain in 2016, 2017 and recently an over-wintered queen was found in Lancashire in 2018. Asian hornets have the potential to pose a threat to bees if they become established. Read More

Pollinating the Peak project launched with giant-sized Bilberry bumblebee and buzzing family fun

Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Pollinating the Peak project, which aims to transform the Peak District and Derbyshire into a haven for bumblebees, was formally launched at a Spring Celebration event attended by dozens of local families at Chesterfield’s Eastwood Park on Saturday 5 May.

There were art workshops, a bumblebee safari and bumblebee treasure hunt, and a Buzzing Bumblebee Parade. Drumming or ‘Drumblebee’ sessions were led by percussionist and social worker Biant Singh-Suwali.

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EU votes to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid pesticides

Earlier today the Member States of the European Union voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to further restrict the use of the neonicotinoids, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin. Since 2013, in response to concerns about their unintended effects on bees, these insecticides were partially restricted so that they could not be used on flowering crops and horticultural plants deemed attractive to pollinators, while evidence as to whether or not they were safe was gathered. At the end of February, the European Food Safety Authority published its conclusions after reviewing all of the evidence, confirming the risk these pesticides pose to bees. In light of the evidence and the majority backing, the European Commission will adopt new regulations preventing them from being used on all outdoor crops and horticultural plants in the coming week.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust CEO, Gill Perkins said “Today is a landmark day, the members of the European Union, including the UK Government, have backed the science and voted to remove the risk of exposing bees and other wildlife to this set of harmful contaminants. It is not however, the end of the road when it comes to solving the issues of bee declines. There is much work to be done and it would be fantastic to see the same level of resources and scientific study being poured into the other issues that bees face. For example, we desperately need to further our understanding of the role parasites and diseases have in bee declines, particularly those that are found to be imported with commercial bees.”

New book hopes to help save the UK’s bumblebees

A new book hopes to raise public awareness of the plight of the bumblebees, a group of beneficial insects which have suffered huge declines through both historic and ongoing large-scale changes to the way the countryside is managed.

There are more than 250 species of bee in Britain: 24 different bumblebee species, 1 honeybee, and around 225 solitary bee species. Two bumblebee species went extinct in the UK during the 20th century, with a further eight currently endangered. Current research* by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) has identified that numbers are continuing to fall.

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Neonicotinoids: risks to bees confirmed by EFSA

Most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides represent a risk to wild bees and honeybees, according to assessments published today by EFSA. The Authority has updated its risk assessments of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – that are currently subject to restrictions in the EU because of the threat they pose to bees.

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Funding success offers hope for one of Britain’s rarest bumblebees

Bumblebee Conservation Trust has been awarded £720,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an ambitious initiative to transform the Peak District and Derbyshire into a haven for bumblebees and wild pollinators and to protect the area’s Bilberry bumblebee – one of Britain’s rarest bumblebees.

Thanks to this support made possible by National Lottery players, the conservation charity can now formally begin its three-year Pollinating the Peak project – tackling bumblebee declines with its partners Chatsworth, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Little Green Space, Moors for the Future Partnership, National Trust and Peak District National Park.

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Back from the Brink off to a tree-mendous start

November 15 sees the official launch of one of one the most ambitious conservation programmes in England – Back from the Brink.

Project partners, volunteers and other distinguished guests are coming together in Windsor to celebrate the launch of the programme, which aims to bring 20 species back from the brink of extinction. The project has been made possible thanks to £4.6m National Lottery funding, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

This is the first nationwide coordinated effort to bring a wide range of leading charities and conservation bodies together to save threatened species. Read More

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