Around the Community
Pitmen supporter and HTFCSA committee member Paul Woodhead plays a big part in promoting the club throughout the community. He is also involved in various local groups, organisations and associations that would affect a number of supporters. Here, in a recurring article for the programme, he brings us up-to-date with news from around the area.
As part of a series of features to raise awareness of groups working in our community, we look at the Staffordshire Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Working for the Conservation of the Humble Bumblebee
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.
Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. BBCT have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy. A growing number of committed supporters are helping a small team of BBCT staff to make a big difference. They have over 7,000 members and are growing fast.
BBCT are working toward three main aims:
- Support the conservation of all bumblebees, rare or abundant
- Raise awareness and increase understanding about bumblebees and the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they and other pollinators provide
- Ensure BBCT is sustainable, fit for purpose, and able to respond quickly to challenges and change.
Their work looks closely at challenges and opportunities and are focussed on achieving the following objectives: habitat provision, policy support, public engagement, provision of information and adding to knowledge.
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