Bumblebee Conservation Trust



Are bumblebees important?
Yes, they are! Gardeners have long known about the importance of bumblebees for pollination. These wild bees are iconic, charismatic and captivating insects and provide a vital “free-bee” role in pollinating much of the food on our plates, garden and wildflowers as well as fruits and seeds for birds and small mammals. They act as a useful and powerful indicator of the health of our environment but their numbers and distribution are declining.
There are currently 24 species of bumblebee in the UK, representing approximately 10% of the world’s bumblebee species. In the last 100 years, 3 species have become extinct and 8 of our remaining species are in serious decline.
These declines are due to several factors, but principally the loss of 97% of lowland wildflower meadows to intensive agriculture and urban development since the 1930’s. All bumblebees need are flowers to provide nectar for energy and pollen for protein and a home to live, a place to hibernate and a place to meet other bumblebees.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) was established in 2006 to address the decline in the UK’s bumblebee populations. Our focus is to stop the extinction of our very rarest bumblebees and to create a long term sustainable future for all bumblebee species. We are the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to reversing the decline of native bumblebees.

Mission Statement

Our vision is a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued
Our mission is to increase the number and distribution of bumblebees
The aims of the Trust as set out in our strategic plan are:
1. Enhance the understanding of bumblebee ecology and conservation
2. Increase the quality and quantity of bumblebee habitat
3. Inspire and enable to diverse range of people to take action for bumblebees
4. Be an effective and sustainable organisation

Program Details

We are a membership based organisation with 9751 (may 20) members and provide opportunities for individuals to volunteer and support the cause, we currently have nearly 1,000 registered volunteers.
We are involved in twelve regionally focused projects, from Caithness in Scotland to the Fowey Valley in Cornwall, that inspire and educate local people to understand about the importance of bumblebees and give them the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a difference in their local community for pollinators.
We run a national bumblebee monitoring scheme, BeeWalk (www.beewalk.org.uk). BeeWalk collects bumblebee data from across the UK to gain an accurate understanding of current bumblebee populations and distributions. We gather this data by recruiting and training volunteers, BeeWalkers, who walk the same fixed route (a transect) at least once a month between March and October (inclusive).
Primary Issue
Bumblebee Conservation Trust Beta Centre Stirling University Innovation Park
Stirling, Stirlingshire FK9 4NF
United Kingdom
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