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The Bumblebees of Kent - last copies available!

The 'Bumblebees of Kent' is a beautifully written & illustrated book by Dr Nikki Gammans & Geoff Allen, covering topics from the bumblebee lifecycle to gardening for bumblebees! This book is for everyone to enjoy & be inspired to save the sound of summer.

After three print runs, we now only have 45 copies available to purchase! The cost is £9 + £2 p&p. If you would be interested in purchasing this book, please email: for further details.


Campaigns to change wildlife legislation in the UK

Wildlife charities across the UK are fighting to protect native species from the bumblebee to hedgehogs. Many charities & organisations are seeking to protect them by law. Law Absolute takes a look at recent campaigns to change UK wildlife legislation here.


Bumblebee Conservation Trust Terms & Conditions: Copella & RHS Prize Draw

• This prize draw is open to residents of the UK aged 18 and over, excluding employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and all those professionally associated with this Promotion.

• Promotion Period: Enter between 00:01 BST on 19th April 2017 and 23:59 BST on 25th April 2017.

• To Enter: Provide an answer on Facebook in the comments below answering the question ‘how many pairs of wings does a bumblebee have?’, and tag a friend that you would like to take with you.


Twenty Species brought ‘Back from the Brink’ thanks to the National Lottery

Back from the Brink is an innovative project to save our rarest and most threatened wildlife such as the chequered skipper butterfly, ladybird spider and the Shrill carder bee. Led by Natural England, the project involves Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, RSPB and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. It’s the first time so many conservation organisations have joined together to tackle species extinction.

This major conservation project of its kind, with 20 UK species facing extinction, will be brought Back from the Brink thanks to an overwhelming £4.6 million funding from the National Lottery. The funding will also support a further 200 species of threatened animals, plants and fungi across sites in the UK.

Back from the Brink aims to highlight the importance of a co-ordinated effort to bring charities and conservation organisations together to save threatened species by improving habitat. Over the next four years, hundreds of volunteers including landowners, farmers and local community groups will work together to record these threatened species, help improve habitats and provide integrated advice and action for these species.

Working together on this project with Buglife, we aim to map the distributions of the Shrill carder bumblebee in England to help us better understand the distribution and abundance of this bumblebee and then undertake targeted land management activities to boost population numbers.

Gill Perkins, CEO of the Trust said “we are delighted to be part of such an important and inspirational programme working with these organisations to save some of our most threatened species, including the Shrill carder bee, found in only seven areas in southern England and Wales; action now will allow our future generations to enjoy wildlife for years to come”.

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Aviva Community Fund Winner!

We are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as a winner of the #Avivacommunityfund! The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.