Support our summer appeal
Please support our summer appeal and help to raise £26,774 towards our conservation projects.
Please give in whatever way you can to enable the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to continue carrying out its vital work to protect our bumblebees – both rare and common. That way we can all make a difference to the plight of these amazing creatures!
You can allocate your donation to one or several projects – or click here to allow us to allocate it to where it is needed most.
Scroll down to read more about why we need your help and what your donation will help to fund.
Bumblebee declines can be contributed to a number of factors such as disease, parasites, habitat loss, competition from other species and the effects of pesticides. However of these many risks, pesticide use is under our immediate control.
During 2015 the Trust will continue to focus its influence and advocacy work on this incredibly important issue as we prepare to engage in the impending review of the current EU ban on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides. We will continue to advocate that the ban imposed by Europe should be applied indefinitely given that there is now such a wealth of evidence that clearly shows how these pesticides are harming our bumblebees and other pollinating insects.
The cost of us carrying out this work is anticipated to be £3,383. A donation of £282 would support one day of staff time necessary to research and respond to consultations and influence government officials.
West Wales is a hotspot for five of our rarest bumblebees. From mountains to coastal heaths, its landscape and habitats are diverse and support populations of Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum), Moss carder bee (B.muscorum) and the scarce Bilberry bumblebee (B.monticola). West Wales also has some of the most deprived communities in Europe.
We know that there is a lot of enthusiasm for our work in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire but people lack the knowledge and skills. This exciting community based project will use fun and innovative ways to engage local people in bumblebee conservation through a season of exciting events and conservation work parties designed to transform local green spaces into buzzing havens for bumblebees!
The cost of this first year is £51,624 and we need £9,624 in matched funding to support our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. £2,433 would cover the cost of education packs and information leaflets.
Run by Dr. Richard Comont, BeeWalk involves the input and enthusiasm of 300+ volunteers who care passionately about bumblebees and are willing to go out to identify and count the bees that they see.
Last year Richard ran 33 BeeWalk events, attended by 576 people! Training volunteers in the monitoring methodology and bumblebee ID takes considerable time but is worth every penny because the data collected helps us to understand more about what we need to do to help protect pollinators.
During 2015 we want to recruit another 100 BeeWalkers through an extensive programme of events across the UK. We are also going to launch our innovative Train the Trainer programme which will enable existing BeeWalkers to fine tune their bumblebee identification skills and start training and supporting new BeeWalkers.
A donation of £34 towards this project will contribute towards the costs of training a BeeWalker for the day.
This ground breaking project, run by Dr. Nikki Gammans is now in its sixth year and aims to reintroduce the Short-haired bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus) back to the UK at Dungeness and Romney Marsh in Kent and East Sussex after it became extinct 27 years ago.
Since 2009 the project has worked with over 70 farmers and 25 landowners and has created or restored over 1,000 hectares of flower-rich habitat in the area. Not only has this conservation work tried to establish the right habitat for this long tongued specialist, but it is already making a difference for other rare bumblebees as well – the Ruderal bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus); Brown banded carder (B.humilis) and Moss carder (B.muscorum).
A donation of £53 would enable Nikki to spend two hours advising a local farmer on how they can improve their land for bumblebees.
"We are facing a fundamental problem with the decline of bees and other pollinators. They have an absolutely crucial role in pollinating many of our important crops - without them we will face higher food costs and potential shortages."
Professor Douglas Kell
BBSRC Chief Executive