Managing moorland

Managing moorland appropriately will ensure that it remains rich in flowers to help feed foraging bumblebees.

Moorlands are fantastic areas for wildlife, including bumblebees. Indeed, the Blaeberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) is found only in bilberry-rich moorlands. The Heath bumblebee (Bombus jonellus) is also found in moorlands.

The heavy abundance of heather on most moorland provides a nectar source for bumblebees late into the summer months and dense patches of heather provide an excellent shelter for bumblebees if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Management if moorlands involves rotational cutting or burning of heather and appropriate grazing. For more information on managing moorland for bumblebees, click here to read our factsheet, which has been created with the help of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Please be aware that each site is unique and the recommended management approach will depend on local site conditions and the historical or traditional management regime.  For site-specific advice, please contact your local Bumblebee Conservation Trust Conservation Officer –

“Bumblebees are lovely little creatures - their bright stripes and gentle buzz bring colour and sound to our summer gardens. They are also very important because they pollinate our wildflowers and crops. Sadly things aren't going well and some species are threatened with extinction.
I'm really concerned by these declines and I'm pleased to support the work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust." 

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