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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]

From Planet Earth Online

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 Stirling bumblebee project has been voted the UK’s best environment project at the National Lottery Awards 2010.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, set up in 2006 with lottery funding, beat hundreds of projects to win the title.

The charity, which has more than 6,000 members, aims to raise awareness of the importance of bumblebee conservation to the countryside and crop security.

Charity director Dr Ben Darvill said it was an honour for everyone involved to receive national recognition.

He said: “The awards have given us a great opportunity to highlight this cause and how we’ve put our funding to good use.

“It’s great to be able to show anyone who has ever played the lottery what a real difference their money can make.

“We have received fantastic support throughout all stages of the competition and I would like to thank everyone who has voted for us.”

The charity, which is based at Stirling University, works with the public, farmers and land managers across the UK to prevent further decline of bumblebee populations.

The National Lottery Awards event was broadcast live from London’s Roundhouse on BBC One on Saturday.

Celebrity guests included Tess Daly, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Amir Khan.

BBC News

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From the Bumblebee Conservation Trust:

We’re thrilled to announce that with your help (thank you!) we’ve made it into the televised National Lottery Awards final. We’re now one of just three projects competing to win the Best Environment Project category.

I know I’ve said this before (I hope you don’t have RSI…), but we need a few more mouse clicks to help us WIN. It really is very easy – just click here. Please help – we’re nearly there!

You can watch us on the BBC on Saturday 4th September – further details to follow when I have them. I need to get the dinner suit dry-cleaned!

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Dear supporter,

Great News! We have reached the SEMI-FINALS of a national awards scheme for the best environmental project!
Heard this before? This is different! With your help, last year we WON a competition for conservation funding. Now you can help us again with just a few clicks of your mouse.
We need your help – can you spare TWO MOUSE CLICKS to help BBCT?
  • We are semi-finalists in the National Lottery Award Scheme for the best environmental project
  • Your vote (just two mouse clicks online) will help us to reach the televised awards ceremony! This will raise our profile, attract funders and will in turn allow us to do more to help bees!
ALSO – could you spare a few pounds to sponsor the Flying Banana Bumblebee? Adrian Wood is cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats to raise money for BBCT and would love to receive your support…

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Saving the Bumblebee‘ – A 30 minute film about their plight by Jamie-Lee Loughlin. Thoroughly recommended!

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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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