Tiree's Great Yellow Bumblebee Project

Project Update - 21 April 2018

Hello again! I think spring might be here now... Still no GYBBs (too early) but Heath and Moss Carder bumblebees are making an appearance now.

Thank you to all who took some wild kidney vetch seeds to plant in plug trays. We'll have lots of seedlings to transplant in the summer on eroded machair dunes, which will help to stabilise the soil as well as provide much needed nectar and pollen for the queen GYBBs when they emerge from hibernation next May-June.
You might have spotted my article in An Tirisdeach about the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens awarding the 'Hebridean Flower Power (HFP)' community project £2000 to engage Tiree residents in growing mini-machairs in their gardens. This is a really exciting initiative and it is no coincidence that HFP's aims are very similar to the 'Bumblebee Garden Network' aspect of our GYBB project. While HFP is a stand-alone project, the creation of mini-machairs in gardens will directly help the GYBBs by providing additional safe and sheltered foraging sites within reach of their nests.
If you would like to receive some mini-machair seeds for your garden, do let me know and I will get some to you along with instructions for sowing and maintenance. They will work best on poor soil.

The seeds are from a reputable Scottish source and have been carefully selected to match the flowers of Tiree's natural machair, as well as being the flowers most needed by GYBBs. They are only for use in gardens.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Best wishes
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