Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

Location: The Swale, Kent

©Nikki Gammans

We are looking for volunteers to help out with the exciting ‘Making a Buzz for the Coast’ project in The Swale.

Buzzing Bee Road Volunteers

The Making a Buzz for the Coast project is an ambitious project led by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with our Bee Road work, helping to conserve rare bumblebees and other pollinators in the Swale. We have a number of different volunteer roles, including wardens on sites and wildlife monitoring.

Bee Road Volunteer Wardens

We are looking for volunteer wardens for each of our Bee Road sites in the Swale, who can look after and monitor their site on a regular basis. As a volunteer warden, you will walk the site to look out for any issues that might arise and carry out important bumblebee monitoring on a monthly basis. You will be provided with bumblebee identification training and learn more about the ecology of bumblebees and how you can help them. You will have the opportunity to learn about the different plants on your Bee Road site and get involved with practical task days, if these are of interest. There will also be the chance to participate in a range of events run as part of the Making a Buzz for the Coast project, engaging with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Kent Wildlife Trust staff and other volunteers.

Practical Tasks (Wednesdays & Fridays)

Our Bee Road sites provide important corridors for wildlife and we are managing them to improve the habitat for bumblebees and a wide range of other pollinating insects. We are keen to find volunteers who would like to help with the practical side of Bee Road management, including brushcutting, wildflower seeding, raking and scrub control. You will be helping us to make a considerable difference to our native bees, many of which are in decline and need our help.

You do not need any previous experience or specific training, as this will be provided; you just need to be willing to learn and work as part of a team. You will gain practical conservation experience, including specific knowledge of the ecology and habitat requirements of bees.

We run our Bee Road tasks on Wednesdays and Fridays and you can choose how much time you would like to commit, whether it is attending a half day every so often or joining us every week. Tasks generally run from about 10am to 3.30pm.

For more information contact Rosie Bleet (Rosie.bleet@kentwildlife.org.uk)