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Shrill carder bee, photo by Rosie Earwaker

Making a Buzz for the Coast

The Bee Roads work forms part of a wider 3-year project called ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’. This is led by Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust and covers 135 miles of Kent’s coastline from Dartford to Deal.

Logo for Making a Buzz for the Coast project

Kent is a very important county for bumblebees, with 6 of the 7 rarest species of bumblebee in the UK. Most of these are now confined to coastal areas, like the shrill carder bee. This project will target these rare and threatened species, as well as providing benefits to other pollinating insects.

What is involved?

We are setting up new Roadside Nature Reserves, adding to our existing network. These Roadside Nature Reserves or ‘Bee Roads’ will provide corridors that aim to connect populations of priority bumblebees. 

The project target is to create a network of Bee Roads covering an area of 8.1 hectares over 15 sites. In the spring and summer, we will be undertaking survey work for bumblebees and plants on each Bee Road. This will allow us to monitor their populations and better target habitat management work.

Buff-tailed bumblebee, photo by Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

Buff-tailed bumblebee, photo by Chris Gomersall/2020VISION

How can you get involved?

We are looking for volunteers in the Swale area to help us manage and survey our Bee Roads. To find out more about our volunteer roles and how to get involved in the project, please visit our volunteer page.

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