The Woodland Trust has been working with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust which is coordinating the ‘Making a buzz for the coast’ project, which aims to restore bee friendly habitat along the Kent coastline. Victory Wood sits within a key range for monitoring rare bumblebees as it is located just over 2km from the north Kent coast.
This year the Trust has been recruiting experienced wildlife monitors to help record habitat and species diversity at Victory Wood. These volunteers are offered additional training in bee identification, ecology and survey methodology to contribute data to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust project. Botanical surveys will also take place during early, mid and late flight season to identify the wildflowers that are most readily used for foraging. The information gathered will help inform how to best manage the open ground habitat for bees.
For more details on woodland plants and animals go to www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.
Five facts on the shrill carder bee
- Only found in seven areas in southern England and Wales
- Declined dramatically in the last century due to reduction in wildflower meadows, making it one of the UK’s rarest bees
- Produces small colonies compared to other bumblebees of 50 to 70 workers in a mature nest
- It has distinctive markings: it is grey-green in colour, with a single black band across the thorax, two dark bands on the abdomen, and a pale orange tip to the abdomen
- Favourite food is red clover which is packed full of nutrients.
Notes to editors
For more details on this press release, contact Andy Bond at the Woodland Trust on 0343 7705795/ 07725480434.
About the Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.
The Trust has three key aims: i) plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife ii) protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable iii) restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life.
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 22,500 hectares. Access to its woods is free.