The British Society of Perfumers is pleased to have chosen The Bumblebee Conservation Trust as their chosen charity for 2018 –2019. Our theme for the coming year is sustainability and biodiversity and the role of Bumblebees is inextricably linked with the flowers that are at the heart of the fragrance industry.
Bumblebees are an important and cherished component of our biodiversity. Several species are threatened with national extinction in the United Kingdom. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust aim to ensure that populations of these species have a long-term future in the UK. Our commoner bumblebee species contribute significantly to our economy through the ecosystem service that their pollination of crops provides. Pollination is vital for many of the nation’s wild plants and it helps to maintain affordable five-a-day fruit and vegetables. Bumblebees also support the wider ecosystem through pollinating a diversity of wild plant species. We aim to halt and reverse declines in the UK’s bumblebees.
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years 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 crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust 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.
You can use this link to donate directly (Please mention the BSP) or at any of our upcoming events: www.bumblebeeconservation.org/donate