Lottery cash to help fund bee conservation project
Conservationists are celebrating after being awarded nearly £1 million of lottery funding in order to protect rare bumblebees along the coast of Kent. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was granted the sum by the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch the Making a Buzz for the Coast scheme. It will span 135 miles of coastline stretching from Dartford to Deal, and will run for the next three years. The scheme has been designed in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the RSPB, and Kent County Council. It will cover 990 acres of land to create bee-friendly habitats and to restore or improve existing areas. There will be training and volunteering opportunities. Project manager Sam Page said Kent is home to more bumblebee species than anywhere else in the country, including some of the rarest species such as the shrill carder bee, but insect pollinators are also crucial to Kent’s local economy and fruit industry. He said: “Our vision is to inspire the people of Kent to take action for bumblebees and other wild pollinators.
To find out more about the project visit www. bumbleebeeconservation. org or email volunteering@ bumblebeeconservation.org.
A common carder bumblebee