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The benefits of fresh air

By Laura Shakespeare, Fundraising Officer

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”
– John Muir

It has long been recognised that a countryside walk, breathing in the fresh air and observing the goings on of nature, can be a welcome tonic to our often hectic lives. It is certainly much more difficult to worry about the weekly office politics when the sun is shining, flowers are in bloom and bumblebees are busily working away around you.

Indeed, there is a growing collection of literature and studies claiming to have definitively proven the positive physiological and psychological benefits of nature on well-being. This has ranged from reduction in anxiety and tension, restoration of attention span, as well as inducing a sense of calm and oneness. Not to mention those gallivanting around the great outdoors, keeping active, are said to be more likely to have better health in general, and particularly be benefitting their cardiovascular and respiratory system.

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Citizen Science

By Helen Dickinson, Surveys & GIS Officer

There has been a 'buzz' around the words citizen science for quite some time and the involvement of members of the public in scientific monitoring and research is increasingly relevant in a world with increasing demands for data around the continued loss of biodiversity. Citizen science is an incredibly important way individuals can contribute to conservation in the UK and across the globe. The large quantity of data required to get a good understanding of what’s happening to our habitats and species is something that we need as many people as possible out recording.

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Bees Down Under!

By Darryl Cox, Science & Policy Officer

I recently went on a trip of a life-time to Australia to visit my family for Christmas and take in the sights. While I was there I was delighted to be able to meet up with Aussie bee researcher, Dr Toby Smith of Queensland University. Toby and I met up on an uncharacteristically overcast day in Brisbane and explored a few different city farms. The aim was to find some of Australia’s native buzz-pollinating bee species.

Blue-banded bee (Amegilla cingulata) - Photo credit: Chiswick Chap (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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An update from our Somerset Volunteers

This week we have a special article from John, our Local Volunteer Co-ordinator in Somerset. John does a great job looking after our volunteers in the area, which is also home to the Shrill carder bee - one of the most endangered species of bumblebee in the UK. He sent this update to the volunteers he works with back in October, but we've published it here again to share his good work, and hopefully inspire some of you to volunteer with the Trust. If you live in the Somerset area and would like to get involved, email the group at somersetvolunteers@bumblebeeconservation.org

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The bumblebee

Read this interesting guest blog from Daniel Mackie, the award winning artist behind the DM Collection - a range of art products featuring watercolour designs depicting animals intertwined with their habitats.

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