Pollinating the Peak

Pollinating the Peak is an ambitious natural heritage project based in Derbyshire, raising awareness of the links between our countryside, food and bumblebees. Working with a wide range of partners across all sectors, we are engaging with people of all ages and inspiring 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 is helping to 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.

Some of our recent successes and upcoming events:

  • A major upgrade to our Bee kind gardening tool was completed in April 2019, which 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 The Bumblebee Education Experience (B.E.E.): a free, curriculum-linked, secondary education package which aims to conserve bumblebees in the Peak District and Derbyshire, engaging students through a science roadshow and hands-on workshops. BEE will travel to different schools engaging children across the county!
  • 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.

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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 received by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We would like to thank the following funders, who have 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, Peter Samuel Trust, Spear Charitable Trust, John Lewis, Pauline Meredith Charitable Trust, William Dean Trust, The Ivo Trust, Reverence for Life UK, The Spear Trust, West Midlands Safari Park and Waterloo Foundation.

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 sally.cuckney@bumblebeeconservation.org

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is celebrating 25 years. The Pollinating the Peak project would like to thank everyone who has played the National Lottery and contributed to funding this 3 year project.

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