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Shrill carder bee project blog

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?

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Farmer Cluster Conference November 2018, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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.

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An overview of Back from the Brink’s Shrill carder bee project in 2018

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?

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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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The Aviva Community Fund is open for voting!

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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).

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Aviva Community Fund Winner!

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.

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