About

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was founded in response to growing concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. We were very concerned by the extinction of 3 species and the dramatic declines experienced by 9 others. We aim to prevent further declines, and to raise awareness of the problems bumblebees face. We now have over 1,000 members ranging from enthusiastic and concerned amateurs right through to internationally renowned research scientists. All of us share a common affection for these affable insects and a desire to see them conserved for future generations.Our activities are coordinated from offices at the University of Stirling.
David G.Professor David Goulson
Co-founder
Directors

“We set up the trust in the hope of raising awareness of the problems faced by bumblebees. With luck, the BBCT can be a force for positive change, helping to boost biodiversity in gardens and in the farmed countryside. Bumblebees are key players in ecosystems and seem to be very sensitive to environmental change, so if we can get things right for bumblebees then lots of other wildlife will benefit too…”

Ben D.Ben Darvill
Co-founder
Permanent Staff
Bridget E.Bridget England
Senior Conservation Officer
We are thrilled to be the first full-time employees of the trust. In addition to keeping all administrative systems running smoothly (we hope), we’ll have the exciting job of helping to set up the first trust reserve. We are also keen to forge links with anyone interested in developing a knowledge of or caring for our native bumblebees, including educational institutes, farming and crofting communities, and other conservation bodies. In the near future, we intend to produce a schools pack that will not only meet national curriculum guidelines but get children enthused about bumblebees and other wildlife in their local areas. Interested teachers, please get in touch. What we hope for most is that some of our work will spark a change in land management practice, whether in a broader agricultural context or in our own back gardens, that will allow our native bumblebees to thrive. Lucie S.Lucie Southern
Conservation Officer
Advisors
“I’ve been studying bumblebees, and their interactions with the environment for a number of years. I’m very worried about the continuing declines we are witnessing, and will be doing all I can to help the BBCT improve their plight….” Juliet O.Dr. Juliet Osborne
Conservation Advisor
Paul W.Dr. Paul Williams
Conservation Advisor
“I study bumblebees because they are colourful, fun, and their diversity is intriguing. I want others to be able to enjoy these things too, so we need to find out why they are declining and do all we can to help conserve them.”
Research Students
“I’ve been with BBCT right from the start, and have enjoyed helping it grow. These days most of my time is taken up with my PhD, but I’m still very much involved, especially with resources for children. My research is on the trust’s flagship species – the rare Blaeberry bumblebee. I’m hoping members will send in records to help me produce an up-to-date distribution map.” Jenn HC.Jennifer Harrison-Cripps
Blaeberry Bumblebee Ecology & Conservation
Gillian L.Gillian Lye
Bumblebee Nesting Ecology & Conservation
“I’m currently studying for a PhD looking at how to improve agricultural areas for bumblebees. I’m hoping to find out more about the nesting sites bumblebees like to use, and how they find them. The first step towards conserving rare species is understanding them, which is why the research program overseen by BBCT is so crucial.”