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The great British public has helped scientists uncover what looks like a substantial decline in one of the UK’s most common bumblebees over the last 20 years.

By gathering valuable information about the insects, citizen scientists from across Britain have shown that the common carder-bee made up less than 10 per cent of bumblebee colonies from 2007 to 2009.

Just 20 years previously, they made up a whopping 21 per cent. [Read full article]

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Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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From the Bumblebee Conservation Trust:

BREAKING NEWS – Fundraising success

We have just heard the fantastic news that we have received £340,000 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in support of our three-year Bees for Everyone project.

This funding adds to grants and donations from Scottish Natural Heritage, an anonymous CAF donor and several other generous supporters. It takes us to within reach of our fundraising target.

The Bees for Everyone project is only now beginning, but over the next three years this ambitious project will build on the most successful elements of our work to date in order to:

1) support rare bumblebees throughout the UK through active conservation work to safeguard, restore and create valuable bumblebee habitats

2) raise public awareness of the importance of bumblebees and the problems that they face, inspiring individual action

In practical terms, as the project progresses, this will mean more flower-rich habitat, more events, more opportunities for learning and participation and significant improvements and refinements in many other areas.

There is a lot of hard work ahead before we reach these aims, but we nevertheless hope that you will join us in celebrating this significant success. Thank you to everyone who has played a role in supporting our work to date.

Dr. Ben Darvill
Chief Executive Officer

BBCT would like to acknowledge the generous support of the following funders:

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, Anonymous CAF donor, John Spedan Lewis Foundation, S G Charitable Trust, Ernest Cook Trust, Ernest Kleinwort CT

Bumblebee Conservation Trust News

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A project to encourage a rare bumblebee has been named the winner of a £25,000 conservation prize.

It is hoped the scheme to enhance the wildflower habitat near Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, will help to establish a colony of shrill carder bees.

It is one of just six sites in the UK where the species can be found.

It was chosen as the winner of the 30,000 euro prize in an online vote on the Live for the Outdoors website, from a shortlist of six UK projects.

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BBC News Online

Congratulations! I believe they won with around 59% of the votes.

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A project to protect bumblebees in Pembrokeshire is in the running for a UK prize to expand its work on creating habitat for the endangered species.

The shrill carder bee is only found in six populations across the UK, three of which are in Wales.

The project is near at the Ministry of Defence site at Castlemartin and aims to boost an existing bee group there.

Six schemes across the UK are on the shortlist for the 30,000 euro (£25,000) prize.

The Pembrokeshire project, a collaboration between the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, MoD, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the Countryside Council for Wales, is the only Welsh entry for the competition, run by the EOG Association for Conservation and Live for the Outdoors website.

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Voting details HERE

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