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Job Opportunity - Finance Officer (P/T)

Job Opportunity - Finance Officer (P/T)

Salary £16-18,000 p.a (pro rata)

Start date: as soon as possible


The Bumblebee Conservation Trust seeks to appoint an experienced Finance Officer with excellent book-keeping skills to assist with the day-to-day management of the Trust’s financial activities. Working in a busy office, key duties & responsibilities include:

  • Processing all income and expenditure onto SAGE
  • Assisting with finance queries
  • Cash handling and banking
  • End of month reconciliations
  • Assisting with the procurement of goods and services

You will be educated to at least SQA Higher level or equivalent and can demonstrate at least three years accounting or financial management experience.  Extensive experience of Sage 50 is essential, and you must have excellent IT skills (including thorough working knowledge of Excel databases).  You will have good communication and time management skills, and be able to work to deadlines with a high degree of accuracy. An interest in wildlife conservation and the Trust’s work is desirable.

This is a part-time, permanent position.

The closing date is 5 p.m. Wednesday 10th September 2014.

To apply for this role please download an Application Pack

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City bumblebees more numerous than their country cousins

Children and their families involved in a new citizen science experiment observed more bumblebees in urban areas compared to suburban and rural settings.

EDF Energy’s Big Bumblebee Discovery, a nationwide citizen science experiment in partnership with the British Science Association (BSA), asked people to record bumblebee sightings on lavender plants.

Around 30,000 people took part in the project this summer, resulting in more than 4,000 bumblebee data entries from all across the UK.

In total, 27,000 individual bumblebees were reported and the data has been converted to a standard rate, based on counts of five minutes in an average-sized lavender plant.

The findings challenge the expectation that suburban areas are best because of the diversity of garden flowers. In otherwise hostile city habitats, flowers such as lavender represent ‘flower-rich oases’ and so can support large numbers of bumblebees.

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Shrill carder week

Surveys carried out during Shrill carder week found three of these scarce bees in Pembrokeshire, Wales, but none in the Somerset Levels in the south west of England.

Two Shrill carder bees (Bombus sylvarum) were found at the Ministry of Defence’s Castlemartin Range - with ITV Wales on hand to record the find. Another was found at the National Trust’s Gupton Farm site.

While no Shrill carders were seen in Somerset, a good number of rare Moss carder bees (Bombus muscorum) were recorded during surveys of five areas around the Avalon Marshes Centre.

Moss carder bees were also spotted at the Gupton and Castlemartin Range sites, in addition to Brown-banded carder bees (Bombus humilis) and Broken-belted bumblebees (Bombus soroeensis), both of which were recorded at the latter site.

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BBCT calls for a National Pollinator Strategy for Scotland

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) today called on the Scottish Parliament to follow the lead of England and Wales in drawing up a National Pollinator Strategy. 

The call follows a debate about pollinators in the Scottish Parliament.

Chief Executive Lucy Rothstein welcomed the debate but said more needed to be done to preserve these important insects.

“We applaud the debate today but we are very concerned with the referendum coming up - and the changes which are likely either way - that this issue will fall off the table and not get addressed,” she said.

“It is essential Scotland looks at this and moves forward now with the development of its own pollinator strategy which addresses more than just honeybees and considers all pollinators, including bumblebees.”

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Shrill carder bees spread their wings

Several rare Shrill carder bees have been found at Cadoxton Ponds Nature Reserve in Barry, South Wales.

It is the first time this bumblebee – which is on the brink of extinction – has been found at the reserve adjacent to the Dow Corning manufacturing site.

The discovery was made by conservation officers from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) - which works in partnership with Dow Corning to manage the reserve.

The Shrill carder (Bombus sylvarum), named because of its characteristic high pitched buzz, is one of the two rarest bumblebees in the UK with populations of this charismatic species now confined to Wales and Southern England. The nearest previous sightings of this bumblebee were 4km to the east of this site. 

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