Saving Scotland’s bumblebees
Saving Scotland’s bumblebees aims to build on the work the Trust has done across Scotland since 2006, to increase awareness about bumblebees, especially amongst those who do not visit the outdoors, and to encourage people to get outdoors and look at bees in their natural environment. The project will mobilise and train individuals, groups and communities to take action to conserve bumblebees and wildflower habitats and increase recording to track population trends and measure the success of conservation measures.
Current and planned work
- Deliver gardening workshops to groups with additional support needs.
- Deliver bumblebee identification training.
- Support new BeeWalk volunteers through refresher training and one-to-one support where needed.
- Further develop the Trust’s GIS system and capabilities.
- Deliver farm demonstration events to demonstrate good practice and how to integrate effective bee-friendly measures into farm businesses.
- Offer farm surveys and face to face support to encourage beneficial management.
March – Early March Katy Malone, Conservation Officer is getting booked up for workshops and identification training for later in the season. This year we are setting up transects in the Cairngorms, to see if we can get more records of the Bilberry bumblebee, which favours upland heath habitats. We’re working with Sustrans to set up transects on national cycle routes and help volunteers get started on their journey to monitoring their local bumblebee populations. In the run up to the end of the financial year, Katy is also finishing off the current project targets, visiting farms and helping farmers gain funding from the government’s agri-environment scheme. Applications must be submitted by mid-April so there’s often a rush of requests in mid-late March for advice. Last year, Katy supported 46 applications, mostly in Caithness, but also in the Inner Hebrides and the west cost of Scotland.
We would like to thank Scottish Natural Heritage, Mitchell Trust, Russell Trust, Martin Connell Charitable Trust, Miss A M Pilkington Charitable Trust, Craignish Trust,JTH Charitable Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation and Greatergood for supporting this project financially.
Please check our Volunteering Opportunities page for details of how to get involved with this project.
For more information about this project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org