Sunday Bumblebee Day

Release date: 01 August 2011

Come and join funded partner the Bumblebee Conservation Trust as it celebrates the work achieved over the last 18 months following a grant from EOCA.
Shrill Carder Bee
Shrill Carder Bee

Last year the Bumblebee Conservation Trust won an online vote for funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association for the Pembrokeshire Bumblebee Path Project. The project is working to provide wildflower habitats for bumblebees along the new Castlemartin Range Trail.

To give people a chance to find out what the project has been doing, as well as learn more about bumblebees, the Trust has organised a Bumblebee Day on Sunday August 7th in partnership with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) and the MOD.

The event will include a talk and a walk along the Trail to catch and identify bumblebees and see machinery being used to manage their habitats.

Saving Wild Flower Meadows
Saving Wild Flower Meadows

Dr Pippa Rayner, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s Conservation Officer for England and Wales, said: “There are 24 species of bumblebee in the UK and Pembrokeshire is a very special place because it has several rare species, including the shrill carder bee. We want to support this bee on the Castlemartin Range and try to move it out into the rest of Pembrokeshire to ensure its survival.

“With the competition funding we bought a pedestrian tractor with various attachments which is helping us to reintroduce wildflower habitats. The Bumblebee Day is a chance for people to come along and find out more.”

Booking for the event is essential. Call 01786 467818 or email Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided and the day runs from 10.30am to 4pm.

For more information about the project itself click here

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"It was a great experience to receive the funding with the support of the people through an exciting voting contest. With the funding we managed to ensure preservation of another 10,000 hectares of wilderness in Küre Mountains National Park in Turkey providing safe haven for endangered species such as wolves and bears. We contributed to saving the last remaining priceless untouched natural areas in Europe so that future generations can also enjoy them."
Zoltán Kun, Executive Director, PAN Parks Foundation