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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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Cross community project raises profile of bumblebees across West Wales

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is celebrating the conclusion of a three-year project which has engaged and inspired communities across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. Bee Wild West Wales has been buzzing since the beginning of 2016 and ends this December.

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Unique roadshow brings bumblebees’ world into classrooms

A unique mobile interactive experience from conservation charity Bumblebee Conservation Trust is to help secondary school students learn about the importance of bumblebees and how to help these struggling pollinators, thanks to National Lottery players – by using larger-than-life models, ultraviolet vision and a mobile laboratory.

In a world-first, Bumblebee Education Experience or B.E.E. – launched today at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – takes the latest science to secondary schools, bringing to life in a vivid and dynamic way the world of bumblebees, their crucial role in pollinating our food, and why action is needed to reverse a crash in their populations.

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Housebuilder supports bumblebees of Ashbourne

An East Midlands housebuilder has partnered with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) to support the conservation of bumblebees in Ashbourne.

Redrow Homes East Midlands’ Henmore Gardens, which is situated on Wyaston Road, has joined the plight of the bumblebee by introducing pollinator-friendly habitats across its grounds.

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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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