Workshop to help our declining bumblebees

An innovative conservation conference and workshop, hosted by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, brought together leading practitioners and conservationists to share practical ideas and approaches to create sustainable, effective habitats for bumblebees and other pollinators. It took place at The Royal Holloway University, London on 7th November.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, along with key partners, has demonstrated that specific land management techniques can create more suitable land for bumblebees, as well as providing a whole range of benefits for other wildlife, especially birds and butterflies.

To improve understanding of the land management that bumblebees need, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust  developed a one-day workshop aimed at land managers and conservation groups.

Gill Perkins, Conservation Manager, was encouraged by the response, both of those wishing to share their knowledge and those wanting to attend: “We have lost 97% of our lowland meadows in the UK since the 1930’s, and this has been disastrous for pollinators who rely on these flower-rich habitats.  However, the enthusiasm and interest for pollinators and bumblebees in particular is inspiring. This conference and workshop aims to build on that interest in a very practical way, providing the skills and knowledge to create habitat suitable for bumblebees and other pollinators. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is delighted to see the development of a National Pollinator Strategy and hopes that it will help to deliver more flower-rich habitats across the UK landscape for pollinators and for people to enjoy”.

This highly topical workshop was an opportunity to discuss the latest developments in land management techniques that have evolved through the Trust’s and other partners’ extensive practical application. The conference opened with presentations from Professor Mark Brown from RHUL, Dr Claire Carvell and the Chairman of BBCT's Board of Trustees, Professor Michael B. Usher.

As well as being packed full of practical advice and tips, the afternoon presentations and workshops  discussed managing arable habitats for bumblebees, wildflower grassland creation and restoration, and urban and industrial habitats for bumblebees.

For further information and the presentations please click here.

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