Shrill carder bee project

The Shrill carder bee project was one of 20 species recovery projects 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

This two year project, which concluded in Spring 2020, focused on the Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum). Delivered jointly with Buglife, the project aim was to establish the distribution of this bee, work with landowners specifically on existing sites to provide advice for careful management, and identify further opportunities for beneficial habitat restoration and creation. In early June 2020, we will publish a Shrill carder bee recovery here.

The duration of the project has been filled with many successes, including mapping the opportunities to reconnect remaining populations via habitat restoration and creation; recruiting and training volunteers to monitor Shrill carder bees developing four case studies covering the work carried out with landowners.

Photo: Rosie Earwaker; Shrill carder bee photo: Claire Fidler



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.


Funding included the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, EU Life, Forestry Commission, Garfield Weston Foundation, Patsy Wood Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Further information

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