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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to working with you in helping the UK's bumblebees and saving the sound of summer.
Volunteer pack (pdf, 620kb) - Please note that all of the forms in this document can be downloaded individually through the links below.
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.
- What are bumblebees and their importance
- Why bumblebees are declining
- Going, going, gone - the plight of the Great yellow bumblebee
- Spotting bumblebees
- Bumblebee lifecycle
- How you can help
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.
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.
Local authorities pack
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 email@example.com 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
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 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.”