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Photo: Early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) by Kate Jaconello

Our history

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established in 2006 because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. Founded by Professor Dave Goulson, we now work across the UK inspiring everyone to help our precious wild bumblebees survive and thrive.

An Early bumblebee preparing to land on a white spring flower.

Where we are now

Now over 60 staff work for the Trust and we receive funding from individuals, businesses, lotteries and charitable trusts. We work across in England, Scotland, and Wales, ranging from work to promote conservation of rare species to wider initiatives aimed at inspiring different groups to help bumblebees in their local area. We are bumblebee experts, regularly asked to comment on bumblebee science and conservation issues.

A Great Yellow bumblebee feeding on a purple flower.

Great Yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) by Pieter Haringsma

Our work

Since the Trust was founded we have created a national survey – BeeWalk – to monitor how the country’s bumblebees are doing.

We are inspring a new generation to help bumblebees through our education and Bee the Change activities, and now run conservation and science projects in many parts of Britain, taking practical action to help save the country’s threatened bumblebee species.

Pledge to help save bumblebees