Skills for bees: Cymru

 

Wales is home to 23 of the 24 UK bumblebee species and supports some of the UK’s rarest bumblebees, however recording of bumblebees in Wales is sparse with little real evidence of how they are doing.

Beginning in early 2021, a new 3-year project called ‘Skills for bees: Cymru’ will launch in Wales led by a Project Officer focusing on filling our knowledge gaps, particularly in areas with few or no up-to-date bumblebee records.

To conserve bumblebees, we need to collect information on their abundance and distribution, which we achieve through our national citizen-science scheme, BeeWalk. By providing training in bumblebee ID and surveying and recruiting volunteers we will empower volunteers to assist in the ongoing monitoring of bumblebees in their local area.

The Project Officer will undertake surveys and provide feedback to landowners, implement new BeeWalk transects, and work with partner organisations to actively record bumblebees and create a lasting legacy for people in Wales by transferring their knowledge to communities for years to come.

Partners and collaborators

We will be targeting our training at staff and volunteers within organisations with some existing confidence in wildlife recording such as the Wildlife Trusts, Natural Resources Wales, Local Records Centres and Welsh National Park Authorities.

Funding

Thank you to the Moondance Foundation.

Get involved

For more information on the project, please email enquiries@bumblebeeconservation.org

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