Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bumblebees and GBW

As a new initiative the BTO Garden Birdwatch Scheme has teamed up with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust in order to recruit the 16000 GBW members to not only record the birds in their back gardens, but also the bumblebees.
This initiative is much in keeping with the successful collaboration that resulted when BBS volunteers teamed up with The Mammal Society in order to record mammals seen on their survey plots.
There are very few bumblebee recorders and, as such, distribution maps are poor or non-existent. So, when you're sat in the back garden watching the BBQ burn down, or you're out with the dog, or simply tramping the fields, spare a thought for the bees and butterflies and give them a second glace and a look. Bumblebee information packs are available from GBW at gbw@bto.org
There are only six major bumbles, five rarer species and three Cuckoo Bumbles so mastering i.d. shouldn't be that difficult.

(http://www.bumblebeeconservationtrust.co.uk/). The bee in the picture is a Common Carder

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