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Buzzing in the East End (B.E.E)

Help make a buzz across 11 boroughs of London by helping to conduct surveys to find the UK’s rare bumblebee species.

A Ruderal bumblebee male feeding on a bright pink flower.
Bumblebee on lid of pot ready to ID

Jamie Buxton Gould

Our Buzzing in the East End (B.E.E) project starts with a twelve-month development phase thanks to funding from Kusuma trust.

We believe there are four, maybe five rare bumblebees across east London and we need your help to find them.

The five species are: the Shrill carder bumblebee (Bombus sylvarum), Brown-banded carder bumblebee (Bombus humilis), Red-shanked bumblebee (Bombus ruderarius) and the Ruderal bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus). It’s hoped there may be a fifth bumblebee, the Moss carder bumblebee (Bombus muscorum).

During the 12-month development phase, we want to work with local people and communities, especially diverse and under-represented groups, as well as landowners to establish where these rare bumblebee species are. We want to determine the current state of the habitat where they live and what is needed for them to thrive in east London.

By gathering this data on bumblebees and finding out who wants to be involved, our plan is to submit a 4-5 year project proposal to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


We are grateful to Kusuma trust for funding this 12-month phase.

Further information

We are currently looking for volunteers who would like to help us survey bumblebees, flower-rich habitats, landowners and community groups. If you are interested in getting involved, please email