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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.


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.



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.


New partnership with Mineral Products Association to help bumblebees

The MPA and Bumblebee Conservation Trust have established an exciting new partnership to help conserve bees and help them thrive.  A new Memorandum of Understanding between the organisations will be the basis of partnership working that will include facilitating access to quarry sites for monitoring, advising and educating quarry staff on measures that help bees including creation of suitable habitat, and training quarry staff to recognise and survey their sites for bees.

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, said:  “MPA members have a long legacy of high quality restoration and are uniquely placed to protect and enhance biodiversity and help arrest the decline of rare and threatened species and habitats. This partnership will enable the industry to help do what we can for bees which are under threat and play a crucial part in maintaining ecosystem services.” more...


Call for public to help chart the UK’s bumblebee population

Have you ever wondered which bumblebees roam your garden?

Scientists and conservationists are calling for the public's help to map the UK’s bumblebee population - all you need is a digital camera.

Though acknowledged as some of nature’s most important pollinators, relatively little is known about the geographical spread of these insects.

With the help of the public it is hoped that the bumblebee maps – showing their locations across the country - can be significantly improved.

To make it easy, a new web tool has been developed by environmental and computing scientists at the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT). By taking part, participants will add dots to the map and will learn how to identify the species around them.

Dr René van der Wal from the University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences explained: “Bumblebees have a unique ecology which make them not only fascinating creatures, but also one of nature’s most important pollinators, playing a vital role in the fruiting of many of the UK’s plants.

“However, there are big holes in our knowledge about where to find some species, and how their populations may be changing over time.

“We are calling on the public to help us fill this gap in knowledge by taking pictures of bumblebees in their gardens and then uploading them to the BeeWatch system on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website.”