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Scottish business teams up with charity to save the bees

By Kirsty Brown

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Flowercard are launching a new bumblebee collection in July, with 50 percent of profits from the range from the month of August being donated to the charity.

Bumblebees are struggling due to a loss of flower rich habitats. In the last 100 years, three species of bumblebees have become extinct and eight of the remaining species are in serious decline.

These include the Shrill carder bee which is now restricted to only a few sites in England and Wales, and the Great Yellow bumblebee which was once common but is now only found in Scotland.

Flowercard, an online floristry and gift company based in Edinburgh, owes a debt of gratitude to the bumblebees as without them they wouldn’t have a business, which is why they are committed to protecting the bees and reversing the decline.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust's Tessa Brooks said: "Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that provide a vital 'free-bee' role in pollinating much of the food on our plates, garden flowers, wildflowers as well as fruits and seeds for birds and small mammals.

"However, bumblebees need our help.

"The 24 species of bumblebee in the UK represent approximately 10 percent of the world’s bumblebee species.

"In the last 100 years, two UK species have become extinct and eight of our remaining species are in serious decline.

“The enthusiasm and desire to learn about and help us highlight the plight of the bumblebee by our friends at Flowercard International is bee-rilliant!

"We exist on the generosity of others so business members like Flowercard International and donations from supporters are vital in enabling us to carry out our essential work, reversing bumblebee declines and raise awareness of the importance of these invaluable, wild pollinators.”

Flowercard's Liam Lapping said: “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

"Bumblebees are vital for pollinating flowers - the core of our business - which is why the protection and conservation of bumblebees is so important to us.

"We are excited to work with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to raise awareness of the issue and help reverse the decline of bumblebees.”

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