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Saving the Great Yellow Bumblebee

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Project begin: 01/04/2019

Katy Malone and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust are determined to build on the project she started in Scotland to save bumblebees, by raising awareness and developing concrete conservation actions.

Leading organisation: Bumblebee Conservation Trust
The country where the team is based: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Knowledge sharing, Natural resource management, Participatory science/citizen science
Tag: #Youth
Selection: 2020/2021
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The loss of flower-rich meadows due to intensified farming and grazing practices over the last 80 years has led to bumblebee decline across the UK. The Great Yellow Bumblebee, Bombus distinguendus (GYB) is a rare species now only found in remote areas of Scotland (Caithness, Sutherland, Orkney, Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides).

Insights into local populations to optimize preservation

Much of the data about GYB is out of date, making it much harder to direct limited resources to the best effect. The aim is therefore to increase knowledge of GYB using a combination of broad-brush and focused intensive surveying efforts. The survey findings will inform future targeted conservation efforts including landowner work, habitat creation and increasing habitat connectivity.

The project also focuses on finding sustainable ways to monitor GYB populations in the long term. To achieve this, the trust provides tailored training, including bumblebee identification and surveying, and support for landowners and managers, as well as working with other environmental organisations like the RSPB.

Despite challenging surveying conditions and the impact Covid lockdowns, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust remains committed to protecting these small beings that are so essential to our flora.

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