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Bees under threat from disease-carrying bumblebee imports

BBCT is increasingly concerned about the issue of imported bumblebees, and part funded the study by PhD student Peter Graystock, the results of which have been released today. (See press release below) BBCT has chosen to make disease in imported bumblebees a key policy area and we are working with leading scientists to evolve our position.

BBCT's position on this issue can be found here.

The final scientific paper can be found here.

BRITISH ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE

Stricter controls over bumblebee imports to the UK are urgently required to prevent diseases spreading to native bumblebees and honeybees, scientists have warned. The call follows the discovery of parasites in over three-quarters of imported bumblebee colonies they tested. The study - the first of its kind in the UK - is published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Solar parks helping to save the declining British bumblebee

Solarcentury and Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) are partnering to promote the use of solar parks in alleviating the plight of the bumblebee, which has declined dramatically.  The partnership will promote the development of bee-friendly environments by creating bio-diverse spaces in and around the solar parks Solarcentury has developed.

In the last 100 years, bumblebee populations have crashed, with two species becoming extinct in the UK.  Solar parks are ideal environments for bee habitats because they can support a range of attractive micro-habitats. The variety of dry and wet and shaded and sunny areas, if properly planted and managed, can encourage a much wider variety of fauna than improved grassland.

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Oh là là – bumblebee with a French accent arrives in Scotland

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) office was a-buzz with excitement last week when one of its members reported a Tree bumblebee sighting in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire.

Since the Trust’s partners at Aberdeen University announced on the Beechgrove Garden that this bumbleee was likely to cross the border into Scotland, the charity has received a number of records of possible sightings. However, all had turned out to be the Common carder bumblebee.

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Hope for UK’s threatened bumblebees as lost species given a second chance

An extinct British bumblebee species will get a boost today as a new generation of queens are released on the edge of Kent.

Experts have spent two weeks collecting Short-haired bumblebees from farmland in southern Sweden and today they will be reintroduced to the RSPB’s reserve at Dungeness in Kent. Conservationists have hailed the story as a sign of hope for all of the UK’s bumblebees.

The project, backed by Natural England, RSPB, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Hymettus, began last year with an initial pilot reintroduction which followed four years of work with local farmers to create the ideal wildflower habitat for bumblebees across Romney Marsh and Dungeness.

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State of Nature report shows that UK wildlife is in trouble

The State of Nature report was launched today, revealing the poor state of many of our habitats and wildlife populations. This report was produced through collaboration between 25 environmental charities in the UK, including the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Worryingly, it shows that two thirds of the insect species analysed have declined over the past 50 years.

Flowering plants, which provide the vital nectar and pollen that bumblebees are wholly dependent upon, have been shown to have declined by a staggering 58% in Scotland, a figure also mirrored in the rest of the UK. This is extremely concerning, and once again proves how much more work needs to be done to protect and improve habitats for our wildlife. We have collaborated with RSPB on a number of projects to create habitat for bumblebees, and believe that such partnerships are important for the welfare of bumblebees and other wildlife.

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