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The Plight of the Bumblebee

"I moved closer and not only heard it, saw it – the biggest, fattest, furriest bumblebee ever.  I could barely believe my eyes".

We recently received this delightful story, by Bumblebee Conservation Member, Judith Pearson, and her encounter with a queen bumblebee in Winter! We hope you enjoy reading and sharing with friends and family.

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We’ve got bumblebees under our shed

The beauty and importance of bumblebees have been inspiring artists for centuries and poetry is one medium which can, and has, been used effectively to communicate important messages about the plight of these vital creatures.

Poetry is also an excellent way to encourage children to observe, learn and think about bumblebees. Here at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust we regularly receive phonecalls from parents and teachers who are worried about their childrens' safety because they have discovered a bumblebee nest in their gardens at home or at school. Our approach is always to encourage the callers to use the opportunity to teach their children to respect bumblebees and observe their wonderful behaviour from a safe distance. Linking this to art projects (be it bumblebee finger painting or creative writing) can add an extra element of fun.

BBCT supporter Kris Spencer did just that when he discovered a bumblebee nest under his shed.

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Short-haired bumblebee wild flower management advice

By Dr Nikki Gammans, Short-haired bumblebee Project Manager

Giving advice on flower rich habitat creation, management and maintenance is an important part of all our conservation projects. For the short-haired bumblebee project, we work with approximately 70 farmers and 25 landowners; to date we have given advice on over 1,200 hectares in the Romney Marsh and Dungeness area of Kent and East Sussex. We continue to manage and maintain some of our own habitat with the help of volunteers.

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Chippindale Foods celebrate bee friendly egg success

This month we have a 'guest blog' - Chippendale Foods.

Egg producer Chippindale Foods has created 16 acres of bee habitat following the success of its Bee Friendly Egg initiative, which was launched three years ago.

The company began its unique collaboration with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2013, setting out to introduce pollen and nectar rich habitats at its egg producing farms in Yorkshire.

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Giving wild flowers a chance

By Aoife O’Rourke, Conservation Officer (SW England)

“ NOTHING is so beautiful as spring-
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look like low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightenings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and bloom, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.”

(Excerpt from ‘Spring’, Gerard Manley Hopkins)

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