Lot­tery cash to help fund bee con­ser­va­tion project

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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

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