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Conservation team - update!

I’ve been spending some time this week finding out a bit more about the work that our Conservation Team are doing to help the species of bumblebees that are most at threat in the UK. The staff members in the Conservation Team are based in areas of the country where the rarest bumblebees are still found, so their work really is helping to prevent further bumblebee extinctions.

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The elusive Blaeberry bumblebee

Earlier this week I finally made it out to see the bumblebee meadow at RSPB's Vane Farm Reserve. Situated on the shores of Loch Leven (the lake where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner),  this wonderful meadow was created a few years ago, and has been described as 'The World's first bumblebee sanctuary'. Remarkably, the Blaeberry bumbleebee had been found foraging on the flowers there shortly after it was created. The Blaeberry bumblebee is fairly scarce, but is found in the hills close to the meadow, where the queens forage from the blaeberry flowers in spring.

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Meeting our volunteers

What a month July turned out to be! After the busy period in June, when we were at lots of garden and agricultural shows, we had a little break in the events before our next series of events - the first BBCT Volunteer Training days.

For these events, we invited existing and potential future volunteers to come along and learn how they can help bumblebees by supporting our work. It also gave us a great opportunity to meet some of our volunteers, whom we had only 'met' through email or phone before. In particular, I must thank Clive, who sent us home with several jars of his (delicious) homemade honey! Clive has been very active in volunteering with BBCT for a number of years, so it was nice to finally meet him.

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