Pollinating the Peak

Overview

Pollinating the Peak is an ambitious natural heritage project based in Derbyshire that will raise awareness of the links between our countryside, food and bumblebees. Working with a wide range of partners across all sectors, we will engage with people of all ages and inspire a new generation of entomologists and citizen scientists to look after and look out for bumblebees now and in the future, taking action from planting pollinator-friendly flowers in their own gardens to carrying out bumblebee surveys.

By inspiring public action the project aims to help secure the future of the Bilberry bumblebee (a Peak District National Park priority species) and other local bumblebees by improving favourable habitat and monitoring bumblebee populations.

Current and planned work 

  • Upgrade our Bee kind gardening tool that allows people to score their garden for its bee-friendliness.
  • Deliver seed collection workshops and propagation training events, encouraging low cost bee-friendly gardening.
  • Create bee-friendly habitat on local authority, National Trust and Ministry of Justice land.
  • Deliver a programme of bumblebee talks and guided walks, many led by volunteers.
  • Work with secondary school teachers, students and University academics, to deliver an innovative pollinator education programme that will encourage more young people to study science at University. This includes a mobile Polli:lab which will travel around schools and provide students with the opportunity to take part in hands on science experiments on the topic of bumblebees and pollination.
  • Work with Universities to inspire the next generation of researchers through involvement in real science experiments within University labs.
  • Deliver events at walking festivals, well dressings and food festivals.
  • Create new outreach materials, including a bee-pollinated foods leaflet, bee-inspired recipe cards and a new ‘Bumblebee walks in Derbyshire’ booklet.
  • Launch a series of pop-up Bee Hunt activities where people will follow clues to find bumblebee ‘treasure’ and facts.
  • Culminate in a Bee Festival, linking with existing Peak District festivals.
  • Recruit, train and support volunteers in collecting data about bees and their habitats.
  • Deliver training in survey techniques; bumblebee ID; and a Train the Trainer programme to help volunteers train others.

Partners

Chesterfield Borough Council, Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Little Green Space, Moors for the Future Partnership, National Trust in the Peak District and Derbyshire and Peak District National Park Authority.

Funding

We are currently awaiting the outcome of our Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund application for the delivery phase of this project. Whilst we await their decision we are actively fundraising to fill the remaining funding gap and would like to thank the following funders who have already pledged their support:

Duke of Devonshire Charitable Trust, Gilchrist Educational Trust, Miss K M Harbinson’s Charitable Trust, Charles Wells, the Whovian Running Club, People’s Postcode Lottery, Diamond and Diamond Ltd, AO.com, Peter Samuel Trust.

If you would be interested in contributing to this project, please contact nigel.madge@bumblebeeconservation.org

We would also like to thank the Aviva Community Fund for supporting the project during the gap between the development and delivery phases.

Get involved

Please check our Volunteering Opportunities page for details of how to get involved with this project.

For more information about the project please email ptp@bumblebeeconservation.org

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Registered Charity No. 1115634 / Scottish Charity No. SC042830