Tiree's Great Yellow Bumblebee Project

Our first GYBB of the year at Balephuil - a queen fresh out of hibernation and desperate for food. She made use of our kale and honesty flowers, and had a go at bluebell, but didn't seem impressed. Apologies for the quality of the image but she was very busy!
So what is the Bumblebee Blitz? This spring we hope to try to estimate the number of post-hibernation queens for the whole island, to give us a better understanding of the true population size, which we need to decide on the next steps for the species' conservation. Not an easy task.

It will require as many people as possible simultaneously looking out for queens over a two day period of warm, dry, still weather in late May - early June. We will be needing our bumblebee surveyors to wander machair areas, and folk keeping an eye out for them on the flowers in their gardens.

Further information will appear in An Tirisdeach. In the meantime, if you would like to be involved, please reply to this email. Your help would be very welcome.
Tiree High School's Primary Department have been very supportive of our plans for a children's bumblebee story book. An introduction to the project at the school last month received and enthusiastic response from the pupils. The book will be in Gaelic and English, and will tell the story of the GYBB's life, struggles, enemies and friends, and it will be up to the children to decide how that story will be told and illustrated. Great fun and a brilliant way to learn about Gaelic, nature and writing. We hope to have the book printed and ready for sale by Christmas.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Best wishes
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