Bilberry Bumblebee Project

Sunday, March 5th 2023

At the end of last summer, Foxglove hosted 'Every Buzz Counts', a fun filled day to celebrate the 2022 Great Big Green Week and the rare Bilberry Bumblebees that we hope to attract to the reserve in the near future. There were crafts and activities for all ages, all made possible by the hard work of an enthusiastic team of volunteers.

The project continues this year with volunteers searching for the Bilberry Bumblebee around Richmondshire. This beautiful bee is a localised and declining species found almost exclusively on moorland in association with Bilberry plants. 

The project is looking for more volunteers to help with gathering data about local bee populations through pollinator surveys in the local area. This will include a training session on bee ID and pollinator transects at Foxglove free of charge thanks to the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Booking is essential for this event. To find out more and book a place, please contact wildwhashton@gmail.com. 


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