Time to vote for the bumbles!
I knew it would be an exciting process but I didn't realise how nerve-wracking it would be! I've realised quite how much I care about this project and wonder if I can cope waiting for the result in two weeks time! I care so much of course as I think it could have such huge benefits for 'my' bumblebee, the shrill carder bee, as well as other bumblebees and a whole host of wildlife and plants in Pembrokeshire.
When the opportunity to enter the competition came up we knew it was not to be missed and I really believe that the project we pulled together is brilliant! It benefits so many things – not only does it provide new areas of flower-rich habitat for bumblebees but it links existing wildflower grasslands and should help to strengthen and expand the shrill carder bee population. The project would benefit lots of other wildlife too; Wales, like the rest of the UK, has lost most of its wildflower grasslands, so creating and restoring these habitats will benefit the plants, butterflies, bees, birds and other beasties that depend on them.
It will also create a lovely place to walk, with flowers and bumblebees along the path that takes walkers, horseriders and cyclists through areas that were previously inaccessible, thanks to the new route provided by the MOD. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Countryside Council for Wales also support (and are just as excited about!) the project and, should we win the money, we hope to work together to hold events and walks to help local people and visitors to learn about and enjoy the beautiful flowers and bumblebees of the Pembrokeshire Coast!
So I'd like to ask that you please take a moment to help the shrill carder bee by voting for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust (and hence the bumbles!), it only takes one click!