Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Charity Number. 1115634 (England & Wales) SC042830 (Scotland)

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world (bottom 10% of all countries). Britain has lost more of its natural biodiversity than almost any other country in western Europe and more than all the other G7 nations. As a result, in the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed; two species have become nationally extinct and of the remaining 24 species, nearly a third of them are listed on the UK Priority Species List.

Bumblebees are a crucial insect group for pollination of vegetables, fruit, crops, garden plants and wildflowers. Whilst bumblebees don’t depend on any one flower type, some plants rely on them – tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, chillies, aubergines, blueberries and kiwi-fruit all need the free-bee pollination service of the humble bumble. Studies have also shown that soft fruit and orchard fruit crops are increased when pollinated by bumblebees and better in quality, size, shape and taste. The wildflowers and hedgerows pollinated by bumblebees provide the much-needed forage for our wildlife too, so without bumblebees, many of our small mammals and birds simply wouldn’t be able to survive.

By choosing the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to receive a donation from Evergreen, you are helping to save our endangered bumblebees, help our ecosystems recover and thrive, protect nature and our food production for future generations.