Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Skills for Bees Scotland

Scotland is home to 20 of the 24 UK bumblebee species. This project will gather vital data on the species in the Cairngorms, filling a gap in our knowledge. This will help us to better understand which species reside in the area and inform our future conservation efforts to protect them.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115634)

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Sadly, 2 species of bumblebee have become nationally extinct in the last 100 years and many others have declined. Our vision is a world where bumblebees are thriving and valued and gathering accurate data is an important part of that. We have a significant gap in our survey and BeeWalk data in the Cairngorms, but we know from ad hoc observations that rare and scarce species are in the area. As a result, we urgently need to fill this gap by increasing the records in the area.


Our Project Officer will recruit a team of local volunteers and train them in bumblebee identification and monitoring. These volunteers will then adopt a transect in the Cairngorms and survey them using our BeeWalk citizen science scheme. We will also develop partnerships with local organisations like Cairngorm Connect to find volunteers and share our findings. Finally, we will run targeted survey days to focus on the scarce and rare species like the moss carder bee and bilberry bumblebee.

  • ...The work of this project will help us to better understand the population and identify threats to bumblebees within the park, allowing us to direct conservation action where it is needed...We are looking forward to working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and supporting their work.

    — Sarah Henshall, Cairngorms National Park Authority

  • We recognise the urgent need for more data on bumblebees in the North East of Scotland and the Cairngorms National Park. All records help to build up a more comprehensive picture of the natural world in which we live, and can help ensure that decisions are made with the best available knowledge.

    — Glenn Roberts, North East Scotland Biological Records Centre (part of Aberdeenshire Council)