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Rare bumblebee reaps the benefits of Scything.

Earlier this year the Bumblebee Conservation Trust was awarded £116,880 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to work with communities in Caithness to help protect the very rare, Great yellow bumblebee.

The distribution of Great yellow bumblebee has declined by 80% in the last century making it one of the UK’s rarest bumblebees, with the last mainland populations of this rare and enigmatic bumblebee found in Caithness and Sutherland.

Since April, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust has been engaging with local communities to raise awareness about the unique natural heritage of the area and working with a number of community groups to manage areas of wildflower meadows. Wildflower meadows offer bumblebees and other pollinators a great source of food but need to be carefully managed. Katy Malone, conservation officer for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust said, “Although larger scale meadows need to be managed with powered machinery, smaller meadows are often not accessible by large tractors, this led me to wonder if scything might be an option instead”.

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Bringing England’s wildlife ‘back from the brink’ of extinction

Bumblebee Conservation Trust joins forces to help protect our threatened wildlife. 

More than 100 species of England’s most threatened wildlife could be saved from extinction thanks to a new £4.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

HLF has approved the development stage and provided initial funding for ‘Back from the Brink’, a partnership project that brings together a range of conservation organisations to focus on protecting key threatened species – such as the Shrill carder bumblebee,  grey long-eared bat, pasque flower, sand lizard, and Duke of Burgundy butterfly – froextinction.

The programme is being run by Natural England and the Partnership for Species Conservation – a coalition of seven of the UK’s leading wildlife charities (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bat Conservation Trust, Buglife, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Butterfly Conservation, Plantlife, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). By working together at sites across the country, ‘Back from the Brink’ will save 20 species from extinction and help another 118 species that are under threat move to a more certain future.

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