The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’.

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The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was founded in 2006 by Professor Dave Goulson and Dr Ben Darvill as a result of their research which highlighted serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. Since WWII, 97% of our wildflower habitat has disappeared from the countryside.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers. We have a vision to ensure that our communities and countryside will be rich in bumblebees and colourful wildflowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy.

The UK is home to 25 species of bumblebee. Today 8 of our 25 species are endangered. We aim to halt and then reverse the decline of bumblebees through projects such as BeeWalk, our national monitoring scheme.

The Trust is a science-led organisation and one of the youngest conservation charities operating nationally across the UK. With projects across the country, we aim to support conservation of all bumblebees, raise awareness and ensure the Trust is sustainable.

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The award from the Postcode Green Trust would provide the Bumblebee Conservation Trust the resources to ensure four key outcomes:

  • The Trust is impact focused in the development and implementation of its new organisational strategy (2019-2022)
  • Our reputation and position in the market is enhanced and we are innovating to gain wider market share
  • The organisation is fit for purpose and financially robust to meet future challenges
  • Our back office systems are appropriate and resilient
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