Dear volunteer

Thank you very much for offering to volunteer with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. As a small team of staff, we rely on the efforts of our volunteers to help spread the message about the plight of the bumblebee and to help monitor the abundance of our bumblebee species. Your contribution is much appreciated, and makes such a difference.

On this page you will find all our volunteer information documents, which contains information about the processes of volunteering. We would request that you please read through the voluntering handbook carefully as the contents are important.

If you have any queries, do get in touch with us at

We look forward to working with you in helping the UK's bumblebees and saving the sound of summer.

Volunteer pack

Volunteering handbook

Volunteering Policy

Volunter Agreement

Volunteer activity record sheet

EXAMPLE volunteer activity record sheet

Stock request form

Volunteer expenses claim form

EXAMPLE volunteer expenses claim form

Accident reporting form

Volunteer risk assessment template

EXAMPLE volunteer risk assessment template

Bumblebee FAQ

Volunteer resources

Display materials

If you are planning a bumblebee display or an event exhibit the materials below should be helpful in creating your display. Please feel free to mix and match the pages to make your display your own. If you are happy to cover printing costs these are available for you to download and print as you need, if you would like printed copies sent please get in touch.

Interactive display materials for children

Some of the best event exhibits have interactive elements. Here are two examples of simple activities to engage your audience with bumblebees.


Our staff and volunteers often deliver a talk entitled 'Plight of the bumblebee' to various groups. It covers basic bumblebee ecology, their declines, and what we can do the help them. We have produced a narrated version of this talk, to help guide you through it, should you wish to deliver it. You will find the narrated and non-narrated versions for download at the link below. Please note that the files ending in .pptx are for use on versions of PowerPoint which are from 2003 or more recent, and those ending in .ppt can be used on all versions of PowerPoint.

Link to download presentations

Local authorities pack

Local authorities pack (pdf, 4.15 mb)

This pack for local authorities aims let you know how to go about lobbying your local authority to encourage them to do things that help bumblebees. It includes a document that you can print and send to your local authority, which describes some of the best things they can do to manage their land in ways that help bees.

If you do you use this, please get in touch with us at to let us know which local authority you intend to lobby. This helps us to monitor how our resources are being used.

Garden centre pack

Garden centre pack (pdf, 1.7mb)

Our garden centre pack is designed to let garden centres know what they can do to help bumblebees. This could be through featuring bee-friendly plants, selling our merchandise, or displaying some of our promotional material. It has a very useful plant list, along with some ideas on how to communicate the bee-friendly gardening message. Volunteers can use this to approach their garden centres about becoming more bee-friendly, and may use it as a guide to creating their own displays in garden centres.

“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”

Toby Buckland
TV gardener

Toby Buckland
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