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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bumblebee project wins £25,000 prize

If you trawl through the web you will find lots of bad news stories so lets have a good news one.

A scheme to enhance the wildflower habitat near Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire has been named the winner of a £25,000 conservation prize.

The project aims to help establish a colony of shrill carder bees as is one of just six sites in the UK where the species can be found.

The Pembrokeshire scheme is a collaboration between the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Ministry of Defence, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and the Countryside Council for Wales.

According to Dr Pippa Rayner, Conservation Officer for the Bumblebee Trust:

This is not only brilliant news for the shrill carder bee and other bumblebees but for a whole host of birds and beasties that need more wildflower grasslands in Pembrokeshire.

We are so pleased that the project seems to have captured the public's enthusiasm and support and thank each and every person who voted.

We can't wait to get started and begin restoring wildflower habitats for bumblebees in Pembrokeshire.

The shrill carder bee (named because of its high-pitched buzz) is the rarest bumblebee in Wales and England.


Anonymous said...

Now that is good news Pete!


Tricia said...

Good news indeed. When I saw the voting website they had many votes and I'm very glad they've got the conservation prize!! It's good to know that our votes count.