Partner-led projects/ collaborations
Back from the Brink
Back from the Brink is an innovative project to save our rarest and most threatened wildlife such as grey-long-eared bats, pine martens, crayfish, willow tits and Shrill carder bees. Led by Natural England, the project involves Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It’s the first time that so many conservation organisations have joined forces to tackle species extinction. The scope of the project is fantastic – to save 20 species from extinction and to help another 118 on the road to recovery.
BBCT and Buglife are working together on this project to map the distributions of the Shrill carder bumblebee in England to help us better understand the distribution and abundance of this bumblebee and then undertake targeted land management activities to boost population numbers.
Blooms for Bees
This is a partnership initiative to promote bee-friendly gardening, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and led by Coventry University Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience in partnership with Garden Organic, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
The aim is to engage the public to explore which bumblebees visit their gardens and allotments and discover which flowers are bumblebee favourites. Observations over this two year project will help to develop a better understanding of which bumblebee species visit gardens and allotments and which flowers we should grow more of. This will then help to inform bee-friendly gardening such as our BeeKind tool or the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list.
To find out more about the Blooms for Bees project please visit www.bloomsforbees.co.uk or search 'Blooms For Bees' in the Apple Store or Google Play and download the project app (available from 30 July 2016).
National Biodiversity Data Centre
The Republic of Ireland’s national centre for wildlife recording, runs a BeeWalk-equivalent Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme. We collaborate with the NBDC on research to build up a picture of bumblebee health across all of Britain and Ireland.
“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”