THE battle against dwindling bumblebee numbers has been given a £340,000 boost.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is due to start a three year programme it hopes will halt the decline of some of the UK’s rarest bees.
The Stirling University-based trust was awarded the cash by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and members of the BBCT will work with landowners, farmers, the public and schools to raise awareness of the the importance of bees and how to protect them.
The trust said the total value of pollination by bumblebees in the UK exceeded £400m, with fruits such as raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes dependent on them.
But two species of bumblebee have become extinct in the last 70 years and six of the remaining 24 species are listed as endangered.