Bee the Change campaign

Bumblebee Conversation Trust is on a mission to help everyone Bee the Change in their local area.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 4:40 pm
The Bumblebee Conversation Trust is on a mission to help everyone Bee the Change, with a campaign asking people across the country to take simple actions to make their postcode more bumblebee-friendly.

The Stirling-based charity has launched a new campaign asking people across the country to take simple, quick micro-actions to make their postcode more bumblebee-friendly.

Bumblebees are much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers. But they are in trouble and need our help.

Over the past century our landscape has lost millions of the flowers they rely on to survive.

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Gill Perkins, chief executive of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Now the Trust is asking people to pledge to Bee the Change in their area.

You can do that simply; by carrying out quick and easy micro-actions like spotting nearby bumblebees, growing bee-friendly plants, creating wild bumblebee havens and spreading the #BeeTheChange message with friends, families and your community.

Throughout 2021, the Trust will also supply downloadable free resources and how-to guides to help.

Anyone can take part, whether they live in the city or the countryside, and whether they have a garden, a flowerpot or no outdoor space at all.

Chloe Headdon, Bee the Change project officer, said: “By taking simple actions for bumblebees, together we can get these pollinating superheroes buzzing again and make a big combined change for nature.

"Everyone can help these amazing insects by pledging to Bee the Change.”

The campaign has been inspired by recent research for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust which showed that six in 10 UK adults think ‘bees dying off’ is a very serious issue – a similar number of people to those with concerns about climate change and deforestation.

The same survey revealed over half of UK adults are aware and concerned about the consequences of biodiversity loss in their local area, and would plant a variety of flowers to feed bumblebees. Just over a third indicated they would like to learn more about bumblebees online.

Gill Perkins, the Trust’s chief executive, said: “We know that many people want to take small, easy actions to help bumblebees but perhaps don’t know where to start or are worried they don’t have enough time.

"We want to make it easy for everyone to get involved.

"The Bee the Change resources on our website help anyone make the small changes that add up to a big difference to bumblebees. Together we can save the sound of summer, wherever we live.”

The project has been made possible by an award from the Postcode Green Trust, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Will Humpington, climate change advisor at PPL, said: “Safeguarding the future of bumblebees in our cities, towns and countryside is a really important mission. We hope people across Scotland will pledge to make their postcode more bumblebee-friendly!”

To lend your support, visit www.bumblebeeconservation.org/beethechange.