Shrill carder bee project

The Shrill carder bee project is one of 20 species recovery projects being delivered within the Back from the Brink partnership project; a collaboration working to prevent the extinction of threatened species in England. For more information about the Back from the Brink partnership please visit

The Trust’s species recovery project is focused on the Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum) and is delivered jointly with Buglife. It is developing a new Shrill carder bee Species Recovery Plan, providing landowner advice to ensure existing sites with Shrill carder bees are being appropriately managed, and identifying further opportunities for beneficial habitat restoration and creation.

We aim to:

  • Establish the current distribution of the Shrill carder bee in England
  • Ensure remaining sites are managed to protect and enhance Shrill carder bee populations
  • Map opportunities to reconnect remaining populations via habitat restoration and creation
  • Recruit and train volunteers to monitor Shrill carder bees
  • Produce a Species Recovery Plan to inform Shrill carder bee conservation.
Photo: Rosie Earwaker

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The Rethink Nature partnership is a group of leading species conservation organisations working on three innovative nationwide conservation initiatives including Back from the Brink.


The Back from the Brink partnership is made up of the following organisations: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, RSPB and Natural England.

The Shrill carder bee project is delivered jointly with Buglife.


This project is part of the Back from the Brink partnership project, which is funded from a variety of sources including the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, EU Life, Forestry Commission, Garfield Weston Foundation, Patsy Wood Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Get involved

Please check our volunteering opportunities page for details of how to get involved with this project.

For more information about the Shrill carder project, please email

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