Blooms for Bees
This is a partnership initiative to promote bee-friendly gardening, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and led by Coventry University Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience in partnership with Garden Organic, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
The aim is to engage the public to explore which bumblebees visit their gardens and allotments and discover which flowers are bumblebee favourites. Observations over this two year project will help to develop a better understanding of which bumblebee species visit gardens and allotments and which flowers we should grow more of. This will then help to inform bee-friendly gardening such as our Bee kind tool or the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list.
To find out more about the Blooms for Bees project please visit www.bloomsforbees.co.uk or search ‘Blooms For Bees’ in the Apple Store or Google Play and download the project app (available from 30 July 2016).
Fifth Continent Romney Marsh Landscape Partnership Scheme
Kent Wildlife Trust is leading on this three-year HLF-funded project which provides funding for a five month trainee positions. BBCT is a partner on this project therefore we will be benefitting from the support of one trainee from April-September each year of the project. The trainees will receive training in bumblebee and wild flower identification, habitat management, working with different farmers and land owners and public outreach. The trainees will support the Short-haired bumblebee project in the east of Romney Marsh. Our overall targets are to work with nine new landowners, establish five new bumblebee transects, recruit five new volunteers and undertake outreach events.
More information on the wider Fifth Continent project click here – http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/projects-and-campaigns/fifth-continent
Pollinating the Levels
The Living Levels Landscape Partnership Scheme, being led by RSPB, aims to reconnect people and communities to their landscape and provide a sustainable future for the Gwent Levels. If the bid is successful, the Living Levels Landscape Partnership Scheme will begin in January 2018 – April 2021.
‘Pollinating the Levels’ is one project within the scheme. It aims to conserve and connect pollinators in the Gwent Levels, as well as gather data on pollinator populations and raise awareness about pollinators and the services they provide. Engagement, advice and training will be provided to landowners, partner organisations, local communities and volunteers on how to conserve and enhance populations of pollinators. The project also includes capital funds for habitat restoration/enhancement and creation works.
National Biodiversity Data Centre
The Republic of Ireland’s national centre for wildlife recording, runs a BeeWalk-equivalent Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme. We collaborate with the NBDC on research to build up a picture of bumblebee health across all of Britain and Ireland.