Project information

Bees for Everyone

‘Bees for Everyone’ (BfE) is the biggest, most ambitious bumblebee conservation project the UK has ever seen. Wildflower habitats will be created across the UK to benefit rare bumblebees, common bumblebees and all wild pollinators. We will also actively promote the benefits of biodiversity.

November 2011 - October 2014

Charity information: Bumblebee Conservation Trust

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  • Need


    Bumblebees are in dramatic decline due to habitat loss. Two species have become extinct since WWII and many other species are threatened. We take our bees for granted, and urgent efforts are needed to support their populations.

    Bumblebees provide more than just wonderful sights and sounds. Without our protection, bumblebees will no longer be able to supply us with affordable fruit and vegetables and no-cost pollination of crops in the UK (estimated value in excess of £400m).


    Although the current state of bumblebee populations is bleak, the good news is that everyone can help us increase their habitats and protect their future. Bees for Everyone will use innovative approaches to encourage active public participation in conservation work, wildlife gardening and monitoring. We will also support rare bumblebees throughout the UK through active conservation work to restore and create valuable flower-rich habitats.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage communities and support bumblebees through wildlife gardening.


    » Advise and encourage communities and individuals to make bee-friendly planting choices.
    » Launch 'Bee Kind' a national wildlife gardening scheme that will encourage people to assess (and redress) the richness of their gardens for bees.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the creation of bumblebee habitats by the public in gardens, parks, window boxes, etc. Measured and mapped using the Bee Kind scheme.

    Aim 2

    Engage the general public through education and learning.


    » Produce appealing resources.
    » Create web-based community to encourage sharing of experiences and knowledge.
    » Provide resources and support to volunteers who give presentations and talks on our behalf.

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increased public appreciation of bees and their roles in supporting biodiversity. Measured by number of web visits and downloads.

    Aim 3

    Support rare bumblebees throughout the UK.


    » Provide a minimum of 1200 hectares of habitat across the UK.
    » Run bumblebee conservation workshops to promote best practise in habitat delivery.
    » Host farm demonstration days to engage farmers and land managers.
    » Habitat will be provided though restoring species rich grasslands, and sowing pollen and nectar or wildflower strips on arable farms.

    What success will look like

    Success will be creation of at least 1200 hectares of habitats in critical locations throughout the UK.

  • Impact


    ‘Bees for Everyone’ will result in the public having a greater appreciation for and engagement with bumblebees and will produce a demonstrable increase in bumblebee habitats.

    This project will also increase the membership of the BBCT and help to ensure our ability to conserve these vital and engaging creatures. Using the web and regional staff, we will broaden our reach across the UK and expand our membership base.


    Changes to agri-environment schemes – Keep up to date with progress as we move towards next period of rural development funding

    Project costs under-estimated / unexpected costs - Costs are firm estimates based on past experience

    Anticipated project funding for staff costs etc is not secured - reduce scale of project e.g. the number of posts

    Land managers don’t become engaged in the project – Provide financial assistance where possible coupled with targeted publicity


    We will provide regular project updates to the supporters of ‘Bees for Everyone’. The web-based elements of the project will enable us to capture email addresses and send e-newsletters with highlights and results. Detailed project reports will be provided to major funders as required/requested.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £790,726

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      Amount Heading Description
      £513,773 Staff 4 conservation staff, 2 outreach staff
      £84,937 Travel Travel, accommodation and subsistence
      £62,396 Office Overheads and Supplies Rents, utilities, computers, phones, broadband, stationary, postage
      £45,120 Equipment & Events Seed, harvesting equipment, venue, catering
      £84,500 Web Development and Printing Bee Kind, forums, factsheets, displays, activity sheets

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Scottish National Heritage £95,000 Conditional
    Anonymous Donor £150,000 Guaranteed
    John Spedan Lewis Foundation £4,550 Guaranteed
    S G Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    ‘Bees for Everyone’ is not specific to any location. It does not matter where people live; from the heart of the cities to the most remote rural areas. Even in central London or Glasgow, a window box planted with the right flowers will soon attract bumblebees. As much of the programme is web-enabled, enthusiasts from all over the country will be able to share their experiences.


    Aside from helping the UK bumblebees and wild pollinators, this project will also enrich the lives of members of the public. All ages can become involved, and it does not matter where people live. Through ‘Bees for Everyone’ thousands of people will gain a better understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the bumblebees in their garden or local area. The online community will provide a space where people can ‘virtually’ meet, make new friends and share ideas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was founded in response to growing concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee' and has demonstrated an ability to deliver conservation and education initiatives to help bumblebees. We have nearly five years of experience in engaging with the general public, farmers, land managers, statutory agencies, government and our conservation partners in other NGOs. These combined approaches have been successful in delivering both habitats and awareness for bumblebees.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Conservation Staff X 4

    they will deliver outreach events in target areas for rare bees and work with farmers and land-managers to encourage bee-friendly management.

    Outreach Staff X 2

    Create stimulating and appealing resources for the public, act as main contact for bee enquiries, plan & attend events, provide talks and guided walks


    Act as ambassadors for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and spread the message about the importance of bees and biodiversity.