Great yellow bumblebee
Once found throughout most of the UK, the Great yellow bumblebee can now only be found on the North coast of Scotland, and some of the Scottish islands. It still exists there because of the flower-rich environment called machair, which is found only in coastal areas.
Machair is fantastically rich in flowers, especially Red clover, which is a favourite food-plant of the Great yellow bumblebee. We are working with land managers in the areas where this species still exists, to encourage them to create more habitat for this beautiful bee.
Maps showing distribution of the Great yellow bumblebee (Maps courtesy of BWARS)
“Bumblebees are lovely little creatures - their bright stripes and gentle buzz bring colour and sound to our summer gardens. They are also very important because they pollinate our wildflowers and crops. Sadly things aren't going well and some species are threatened with extinction.
I'm really concerned by these declines and I'm pleased to support the work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust."