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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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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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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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Caged flowers could save rare bee in one of its last strongholds

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

Plant ‘Bee kind’ flowers and get your garden buzzing

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has released a major upgrade to its ‘Bee kind’ tool, a free online gardening resource which helps people choose the best plants for bumblebees and other pollinating insects. Read More

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”.

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