The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) has been awarded £300,000 by players of People's Postcode Lottery. This funding will allow BBCT to achieve a step change in its ability to manage growth, infrastructure, and sustainability over the next three years.
Specifically, the award will allow the organisation to start investing in its people and infrastructure to continue the amazing work already undertaken to halt and reverse the decline of bumblebees in the UK.
Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers. Sadly, since World War Two, 97% of the UK's wildflower habitat has disappeared from the countryside. As a result of this, 8 of out of 25 species of UK bumblebees are endangered. BBCT aims to halt and then reverse the decline of bumblebees through projects such as BeeWalk, its national monitoring scheme.
BBCT has 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 level of interest and support BBCT has achieved since being founded in 2006 is evident through its successful projects, its work with governments on the national pollinator strategies and on-the ground-conservation work. There has been focus on surveying and monitoring, providing scientific evidence, and building its regional projects to support the UK's bumblebee population.
Gill Perkins, CEO of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said, "Our strategic aims continue to be acting to reverse the declines in our UK bumblebees using science and appropriate practical action; to educate and inspire people across society and work as trusted advisers to all the devolved governments, ensuring that the pollinator strategies produce real results for all pollinator."
Pete Hollingsworth from BBCT said, "I am delighted with this extremely important award to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Protecting the nation's bumblebee species is of critical importance now and for our future generations. This funding support from the Postcode Green Trust will make a substantial contribution to the conservation work of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and provide investment in our dedicated and integral team."
Will Humpington, Climate Change and Environmental Programmes Advisor at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "Safeguarding the future of our bumblebee populations is a really important mission and I am delighted to be presenting this award on behalf of players of People's Postcode Lottery. We wish Bumblebee Conservation Trust every success going forward."