Bees Needs’: South West case studies

West Country Buzz

The West Country Buzz project focuses on two of Devon’s rarest bumblebees, the Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) and the Moss carder bee (Bombus muscorum). The project aims to raise awareness of bumblebee declines and how we can reverse this downward trend, and to create more and better connected flower-rich habitat through advice and practical help. The project began at the end of 2017, and is a collaboration between landowners, farmers, volunteers and partner organisations in the North Devon area. Click here to read more.

Shapwick Heath, Westhay

Shapwick Heath is a 500-hectare wetland reserve on the Somerset Levels, managed by Natural England. It contains a diversity of habitats including wildflower meadows, drains and rhynes, damp woodlands and fen.

It is historically a stronghold for the shrill carder bee and other rare species.


Tregothnan Estate

The Tregothnan Estate is situated in Cornwall, south-east of Truro. Along with a private botanical gardens and arboretum, Tregothnan has an expanding commercial beekeeping operation. 




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