Managing moorland

Managing moorland appropriately will ensure that it remains rich in flowers to help feed foraging bumblebees.

Moorlands are fantastic areas for wildlife, including bumblebees. Indeed, the Blaeberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) is found only in bilberry-rich moorlands. The Heath bumblebee (Bombus jonellus) is also found in moorlands.

The heavy abundance of heather on most moorland provides a nectar source for bumblebees late into the summer months and dense patches of heather provide an excellent shelter for bumblebees if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Management if moorlands involves rotational cutting or burning of heather and appropriate grazing. For more information on managing moorland for bumblebees, click here to read our factsheet, which has been created with the help of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Please be aware that each site is unique and the recommended management approach will depend on local site conditions and the historical or traditional management regime.  For site-specific advice, please contact your local Bumblebee Conservation Trust Conservation Officer –

"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

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