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‘Thurso – Gateway to the Great Yellow’ wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

We are delighted to announce that Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) has received £116,880 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Thurso – Gateway to the Great Yellow’ in Caithness. Working with communities in Caithness, this project will establish Thurso as the UK’s first Great yellow bumblebee town. The project is match-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, the Postcode Community Trust and the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund.

Great yellow bumblebee, Bombus distinguendusGreat yellow bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) on clover.
Photo credit: Gordon Mackie

The project will create a strong sense of community ownership of this enigmatic rare bee and encourage grassroots support for bumblebee conservation. Through education, outreach, interpretation and wide-ranging practical measures, BBCT will engage local communities right across Caithness to raise awareness of the unique natural heritage of Caithness, create and manage habitats for the Great yellow bumblebee and other pollinators, and carry out vital survey work to inform our understanding of the current population status of bumblebees in Caithness.

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100 voluntary organisations Unite to Defend Nature

100 voluntary organisations across the UK, including Bumblebee Conservation Trust, have joined forces to call for the protection of Europe’s natural environment.

You too can lend your support with just one click via the ‘Nature Alert’ electronic tool - www.naturealert.eu

EU legislation – the Birds and Habitats Directives – exist to protect the most important wildlife species and habitats in the UK and Europe. However, these laws are now under review and at risk of being weakened.

The ‘Joint Links group’, representing 100 voluntary organisations across the UK, has published a position statement warning that the European Commission’s REFIT ‘Fitness Check’ of the Birds and Habitats Directives is the single biggest threat to UK and European nature and biodiversity in a generation. The organisations raise concerns that the Directives are under threat of being weakened by those who mistakenly regard them as a block on business and economic growth. In the current political context any revision of the Directives would expose them to prolonged uncertainty and leave the long-term future of Europe’s biodiversity vulnerable to short-term political priorities.

Chair of the Joint Links’ Habitats and Birds group Kate Jennings, (RSPB), said:

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