Well, I'm two days into my new job as Conservation Officer for England and Wales at BBCT, and as you can see I've wasted no time in starting to get to know all my new fluffy, buzzy friends. Here you can see me holding a beautiful, if a little sleepy, early bumblebee. Hopefully I will be finding many other bumblebees over the next few days, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get a chance to see some shrill carder bumblebees tomorrow, when I'm meeting the top bumblebee expert Dr Paul Williams out and about in Kent. The shrill carder bumblebee will be the focus of my work in England and Wales, as it is one of the rarest bumblebee species left in the UK, and desperately needs help to prevent it declining further. I hope to work closely with farmers and other landowners to help create and restore habitat for this special little bee, and will keep you posted with how I get on!