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.