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  1. At Nectar & Bumble we’re doing everything that we can to help raise awareness of the devastating decline of the bees and we donate 10% of our profits to bee conservations and charities. We thought we’d share a little bit more about our two chosen charities  for this year and what they do to help save the bees.

    Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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    The BBCT was established as there are serious concerns about the plight of the bumblebee. In the last 80 years, the UK’s bumblebee populations have crashed, with two species becoming nationally extinct and several others declining dramatically.

    Their main aims are to support the conservation of all bumblebees, rare or abundant, and to raise awareness and increase understanding about bumblebees and the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they and other pollinators provide.

    Bumblebees are an extremely important component of our biodiversity and with several species threatened, the BBCT work hard to ensure that populations of these species have a long-term future in the UK. Not only are bumblebee’s fun to watch and identify, but they contribute significantly to our economy through the ecosystem service that their pollination of crops provides. Pollination is vital for many of the nation’s wild plants, and without pollinators we risk losing a third of the food we put on our plate.

    Get involved

    You can volunteer to help the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in a variety of different ways. You can do a bee walk somewhere near where you live. All you have to do is choose a route to walk around 1-2km and spot as many bees as you can. Repeat once a month and record your findings to submit to BBCT. You’d need to have quite a lot of knowledge identifying bees to do this so if you’re a complete beginner you might be better starting with the Blooms for Bees app/website to record bee sightings in the garden/allotment.

    Did you know there are many different types of bees in the UK? 24 bumblebees, 1 honey bee and 250 solitary bees. Identifying bees can be a lot of fun and you’ll find tonnes of information on which bees you’re spotting on the BBCT website, along with other helpful tips & tricks and what to do if you come across a bumblebee nest. You can also become a member yourself to help support the Trust.

    We’re very proud to have the Bumblebee Conservation Trust as one of our charities and hope that with our support & your support, they will continue the amazing work they do for British bumblebees!

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    Friends of the Earth – Bee Cause

    Friends of the Earth are the charity behind the Bee Cause who created the Great British Bee Count app which saw over 370,000 bees spotted in the UK this Summer. You can join in the Great British Bee Count in May/June every year which helps their scientists get a better understanding of which bees are in our gardens, towns and countrysides.  (See the results here)

    You can read their News & Blog for details of their latest findings and ways to help the bees. You’ll often spot their Bee’s campaigning outside Parliament to raise awareness of the devastating effects pesticides have on our bees. Jo Wood was recently announced as their ambassador and a bee-tastic art event was held in London showcasing many pieces of bee themed art to raise awareness of their decline.

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    The work that the Bee Cause does for all of our bees is fantastic and we love joining in the Great British Bee Count every year. You can get involved too by downloading the app ready for May next year, and if you donate a minimum of £15 you can get yourself a Bee Saver Kit which includes a step-by-step guide on things you can do to help save the bees and an identification poster too!

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    Each purchase you make from Nectar & Bumble helps both of these charities save the bees and we’d like to thank everyone for their continued support!

  2. On Sunday our founder Amber attended a free event hosted by Blooms for Bees in Coventry. The event was at Ryton Organic Gardens and in the morning there were talks by Steven Falk and Brigit Strawbridge, followed by a bee walk around the gardens with Steven in the afternoon. We thought we'd share a few photos from the day as there were SO many bees, it was incredible!

    Blooms for Bees Event

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    Blooms for Bees Event

    Blooms for Bees Event

    Blooms for Bees Event

    Blooms for Bees Event

    These photos were all taken in the morning/early afternoon before the bee walk. There's so many beautiful flowers of all kinds in the gardens and we'd definitely recommend paying a visit if you're in the area (Coventry). On the Bee Walk with Steven we spotted 20 types of bees including bumblebees bombus terrestris, bombus locurum, bombus lapidarius, bombus pascuorum, apis mellifera (honey bee), and solitary bees like andrena minutula and andrena bicolor.

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    Blooms for Bees Event Steven Falk

    Blooms for Bees Event

    Blooms for Bees Event

    Blooms for Bees Event

    We hope you enjoy our photos from the day! To learn more about Blooms for Bees you can visit their website and also download their app which is now available so you can monitor bee activity in your garden!