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An update for our supporters

Many staff are working remotely where possible and should be able to respond on email, please bear with us as we adapt to working in new ways.

During this uncertain time, we aim to provide you with as much information as we can as we continue to focus on the UK’s bumblebees.

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Channel 5’s Dr Amir Khan urges public to become ‘Nature Doctors’ and build Insect A&Es

Dr Amir Khan, star of Channel 5’s ‘GPs Behind Closed Doors’ and keen conservationist has joined forces with two leading UK wildlife charities to urge people to become ‘Nature Doctors’ in their own gardens by planting for pollinators this year. Read More

Our position on managed honeybees

The Trust has published a new position statement on managed honeybees. The statement has been prompted by concerns that, under certain circumstances, managed honeybees can have detrimental impacts on wild pollinator species, including bumblebees.

Our Senior Science & Policy Officer, Darryl Cox, provides the background on why we’ve decided to publish the statement. Read More

What’s the buzz about in Hartland on the North Devon Coast

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has been working with a number of landowners in Hartland through its West Country Buzz project. But what does it take to actually help bumblebees? Landowners Mike and Jay Beaton from Watermead, along with West Country Buzz Conservation Officer Alex Worsley, are here to explain.

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Double winners for the ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ 2019 Poetry Competition

One of the aims of Making a Buzz for the Coast (MaB) is to raise the public understanding of bumblebees and celebrate their importance in Kent.  Each year of the project, we are holding a public competition to engage people creatively and culturally for this purpose. To finish an action-packed 2019, the project announced its poetry competition winners, which it ran between June to September as part of its Buzzing Communities work.

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‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ wins national award for Biodiversity Collaborative Working

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ project, has been awarded first place in a national competition run by the Association for Local Government Ecologists, from a field of over 50 nominees from across the UK.

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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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