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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.
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.
by Rosie Earwaker from Buglife, Back from the Brink’s Shrill Carder Bee Project Officer
Hints of spring are in the air. Bulbs are peeking up through the soil, with plenty of snowdrops, daffodils and crocus already in flower. Sightings of Buff-tailed bumblebees in gardens are more and more frequent as the days grow longer. It won’t be long now until different bumblebee species join them, although we will have to wait a couple more months until the high pitched buzz of our Shrill carder bee returns. It certainly won’t be a silent spring this year, but where will we be in 100 years’ time?
Conservation Officers Cathy Horsley and Daisy Headley attended the second Farmer Cluster conference, which was held in Birmingham and attended by 250 farmers, advisors, and representatives from the conservation sector. Farmer Clusters are groups of neighbouring farmers working together to encourage wildlife on their farms, helping to join up habitats across the landscape. The ideas are farmer-led, and are co-ordinated by a facilitator. There are now 100 Farmer Clusters in England, and are aided by Natural England’s Facilitation Fund.
Moving into the cooler days of Autumn and pulling on the layers it’s hard to believe that only a few months ago it was too hot to survey. So what’s been going on with our little Shrill Carder Bee over one of the hottest summers on record?
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!
In July, our Making a Buzz for the Coast project launched their first photography competition, seeking to celebrate the diversity of Kent’s bumblebees.
With your help and support last year, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust was successful in securing £25,000 for our Pollinating the Peak project in Derbyshire from the Aviva Community Fund.
This year we have submitted another project: Help find our bumblebees. Where’s Bombus? so we can expand our work of saving Scotland’s bumblebees.
It’s a project about raising awareness and training local people in the Outer Hebrides to look for and record our bumblebees, in particular the Great yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus).
To get through to the next round we need members of the public to vote. Read More
We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as a winner of the #Avivacommunityfund! The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.
The voting commenced in November last year, for one month and we received the most incredible support from everyone; surpassing our target with over 13k votes!
We have been awarded an incredible £25,000 for our Pollinating the Peak project. Pollinating the Peak is a fun, innovative project with education and community engagement at its core. One of its aims is to increase our understanding of Bilberry bumblebee populations as this is an under-recorded bumblebee and is listed as a Peak District National Park priority species.