Bumblebees on the Mynd: Conserving the Bilberry Bumblebee (Natural History Live)

Bumblebees on the Mynd: Conserving the Bilberry Bumblebee

Natural History Live by Jennifer Jones

The bilberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) used to be relatively widespread in the UK, but has recently declined and can now only be found in a few localised hotspots. The Bilberry Bumblebee Project, which has been led by the National Trust, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and volunteers in Shropshire aimed to assess the bilberry bumblebees distribution on the Long Mynd, and where these bees went when floral resources were not available. In this talk, we’ll explore how these aims were achieved and the future of this charismatic bumblebee in the West Midlands region.

Jennifer Jones has an ecological background, with a BSc in Ecology from Aberystwyth University and has just completed her MSc in Entomology at Harper Adams. She has had an obsessive interest in bees and their conservation, especially bumblebees, for as long as she can remember. She was also part of the volunteer project to learn more about bilberry bumblebees in Shropshire.

FSC Natural History Live series

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The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5 minute intro by the FSC EcoSkills project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC Biodiversity project team

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Key Information




Field Studies Council


Online, Short


Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Research


Zoom, United Kingdom