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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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”.