Everyone needs to start somewhere.
We have looked closely at challenges and opportunities and are focussed on achieving the following objectives:
Habitat provision: An increase in the availability of flower-rich habitat nationally, year-on-year, aiming to halt or reverse bumblebee declines by 2020. The avoidance of further extinctions during this same time period.
Our work: Providing flower-rich habitats is a significant focus of our current Bees for Everyone project. We have already brought over 1,200 hectares into sympathetic management and we continue to work towards more.
Policy support: To be effective in influencing policy-makers for the benefit of bumblebees and other pollinators.
Our work: Behind-the-scenes work is ongoing and will be remain a priority during this important EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) review period. We aim to ensure that governments locally, nationally and in Europe adopt policies that support bumblebee and other pollinator populations.
Public engagement: A year-on-year increase in public understanding and awareness, leading to concern, action and support for bumblebee conservation.
Our work: The website, materials and events programme currently being delivered under the UK-wide Bees for Everyone project will significantly increase public engagement. The project offers numerous participation opportunities, both online and offline.
Provision of information: A significant improvement in the dissemination of evidence-based knowledge and best practice.
Our work: Our website has been designed to make this information easily accessible. A range of advisory downloads are available and materials can be posted on request. Conservation workshops have brought a range of stakeholders together to exchange knowledge and share perspectives.
Adding to knowledge: The ongoing identification of knowledge gaps which are a barrier to practical conservation or policy-level support, and the rapid closing of the highest priority knowledge gaps.
Our work: Our citizen science surveys, such as BeeWatch and BeeWalk, contribute to an improved understanding of bumblebee populations and how they change over time. We have strong links with the leading university research groups and provide financial support for priority work.
"We are facing a fundamental problem with the decline of bees and other pollinators. They have an absolutely crucial role in pollinating many of our important crops - without them we will face higher food costs and potential shortages."
Professor Douglas Kell
BBSRC Chief Executive