Great yellow bumblebee

Thurso: Gateway to the Great Yellow is working with communities in Caithness to style Thurso as the UK’s first Great yellow bumblebee town.

The project aims to create a strong sense of community ownership of this enigmatic rare bee and encourage grassroots support for bumblebee conservation.

Features include:

  • Habitat creation through engagement with local land owners.
  • Bee-friendly gardening workshops with local schools and community groups.
  • Best practice fact sheets for seed collection and wild flower propagation.
  • Training volunteers in managing community wild flower areas using traditional scything techniques.
“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." 

Kate Humble
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Kate Humble
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