Reflecting on a great year
As 2012 draws to a close, we’ve been reflecting back on what has been a remarkable year for BBCT. The highlight for the organisation has to have been the launch of the Bees for Everyone project in May. With it came our new look, website, Bee Kind gardening website, and a whole host of new materials that we’ve been sharing at events throughout the UK.
I have given dozens of talks and walks over the year, and I like to think that those will hopefully have inspired some people to do things to help bumblebees. I’ve also been involved in the first BBCT volunteer training days, and enjoyed going around the country to meet our old and new volunteers. Hopefully all this work will pay off next year, and we’ll see our volunteers at events everywhere.
The Conservation Team have also been busy, working hard in the areas where the rarest bumblebees are found. Their work focusses mostly on advising land managers on how to manage their land in a way that helps bumblebees.
Here is a quick summary of the Conservation Team year in numbers:
1,200: The number of hectares of land for which we have provided habitat management advice for bumblebees this year.
400: The numbers of farmers and land owners the conservation team have engaged with in the last year.
74%: Of landowners and farmers, who completed our land management survey, said that the Land Management factsheets increased their knowledge of bee friendly habitat.
65%: Of landowners and farmers, who completed our land management survey, said they plan to make changes to their land in favour of Bumblebees.
40: The number of site visits undertaken within the UK by the conservation officers
21: The number of people who attended the Scottish Conservation workshop on seed collection featuring Scotia seeds.
20: The number of Bumblebee identification days delivered by the Conservation Officers in the UK
8: The number of farm days delivered by the Conservation Officers
5: The number of inputs into national policy debates on CAP, Food security, nature check, Welsh Pollinator Action plan, pesticides
4: New places where rare bumblebees were recorded. (Carmel, Carmarthenshire, Walthamstow, East London, Crossness, North Kent, Somerton, Somerset).
3: New Memorandums of Understanding - with Thames Water, RSPB and the Mineral Products Association
2: TV appearances on Countryfile
2: Radio interviews on BBC wales and Wiltshire
We already have our sights on ambitious new targets for next year, and are now preparing for some new and exciting projects. Watch this space!