Dear volunteer

Thank you very much for offering to volunteer with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. As a small team of staff, we rely on the efforts of our volunteers to help spread the message about the plight of the bumblebee to places where we don't have any staff. Your contribution is much appreciated, and makes such a difference.

On this page you will find our volunteer welcome pack, which contains information about the processes of volunteering (including forms for ordering resources for events, risk assessments, and feedback forms). We would request that you please read the pack carefully as the contents are important.

As well as that pack, you will also find four of our volunteer guides. These guides have been designed to provide you with some inspiration about the kinds of activities that you'd like to do to help BBCT. If you have any queries, do get in touch with us at volunteering@bumblebeeconservation.org

We look forward to working with you in helping the UK's bumblebees and saving the sound of summer.

Volunteer pack

Volunteer pack (pdf, 620kb) - Please note that all of the forms in this document can be downloaded individually through the links below.

Volunteer activity record sheet (Word document, 959kb)

Post-activity questionnaire (Word document, 200kb)

Resource order form (Word document, 750kb)

Volunteer expenses form (Word document, 230kb)

Accident reporting form (Word document, 950kb)

Guided walk risk assessment (Word document 58kb)

Talk and exhibit risk assessment (Word document, 53kb)

Volunteering guides

Volunteer Guide 1: Volunteering Ideas and Processes (pdf, 800kb)

Volunteer guide 2: How to plan and host a bumblebee themed exhibit (pdf, 590kb)

Volunteer guide 3: How to plan and deliver a bumblebee safari (pdf, 530kb)

Volunteer guide 4: Raising funds for bumblebee conservation (pdf 680kb)

Volunteer resources

Display materials

If you are planning a bumblebee display or an event exhibit the materials below should be helpful in creating your display. Please feel free to mix and match the pages to make your display your own.

Interactive display materials for children

Some of the best event exhibits have interactive elements. Here are two examples of simple activities to engage your audience with bumblebees.

Talks

Our staff and volunteers often deliver a talk entitled 'Plight of the bumblebee' to various groups. It covers basic bumblebee ecology, their declines, and what we can do the help them. We have produced a narrated version of this talk, to help guide you through it, should you wish to deliver it. You will find the narrated and non-narrated versions for download at the link below. Please note that the files ending in .pptx are for use on versions of PowerPoint which are from 2003 or more recent, and those ending in .ppt can be used on all versions of PowerPoint.

At this location you will also find a document with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about bumblebees, which is very useful when delivering talks and bee walks.

Link to download presentations

Local authorities pack

Local authorities pack (pdf, 4.15 mb)

This pack for local authorities aims let you know how to go about lobbying your local authority to encourage them to do things that help bumblebees. It includes a document that you can print and send to your local authority, which describes some of the best things they can do to manage their land in ways that help bees.

If you do you use this, please get in touch with us at volunteering@bumblebeeconservation.org to let us know which local authority you intend to lobby. This helps us to monitor how our resources are being used.

Garden centre pack

Garden centre pack (pdf, 1.7mb)

Our garden centre pack is designed to let garden centres know what they can do to help bumblebees. This could be through featuring bee-friendly plants, selling our merchandise, or displaying some of our promotional material. It has a very useful plant list, along with some ideas on how to communicate the bee-friendly gardening message. Volunteers can use this to approach their garden centres about becoming more bee-friendly, and may use it as a guide to creating their own displays in garden centres.

“Bumblebees are key factors in our wildlife. If they disappear many of our plants will not bear fruit. I am proud to be associated with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust”.

David Attenborough
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