The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is one of Gnaw's selected chosen charities of 2022. In support of the Trust, 5p will be donated to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust when you buy our 100g Bee Happy Bar. This simply irresistible bar is a match made in milk chocolate heaven with sweet and sustainably sourced honeycomb pieces and crunchy caramel blended together to bring you chocolate happiness in every bite, which doesn't cost the earth! Making it the perfect bar to support this amazing charity!
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is a science-led organisation, so all of their position statements stances are formed through close evaluation of the latest scientific research on each topic. Allowing the Trust to best prepare for their immediate and long-term conservation strategy.
Managed Honeybee's - The purpose is to set out the Trust’s position on managed honeybees. The core aim of the Trust is to aid the conservation of bumblebees. The Trust recognises the numerous positive benefits of managed honeybees and beekeeping, however there are concerns that, under certain circumstances, managed honeybees can have detrimental impacts on wild pollinator species, including bumblebees, through disease transmission and competition for resources. Which is why our honeycomb used is sourced as sustainably as possible to aid in the shared ambitions of Gnaw and The Trust.
Commercial Bumblebees - Bumblebee's have been reared commercially for pollination services since the 1980’s. This practice of importing bumblebee colonies has resulted in the accidental escape of non-native species throughout various regions of the world, and the spill-over of parasites and diseases into these regions to the detriment of native wild bees. The Trust are calling for improved legislation to prevent the release of imported bumblebees as a solution.
Neonicotinoid pesticides - Which are a class of chemicals designed to target the nervous system of pest species that consume crops. In 2013, in response to concerns raised that they may be causing harm to other beneficial insects, specifically bees, the European Commission (EC) exercised the precautionary principle to restrict the use of the three most widely used neonicotinoids on crops and ornamental plants which are attractive to bees. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is calling for the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides to be extended indefinitely.
Seed provenance - The Bumblebee Conservation Trust recognises that the origin of seed or other plant material for habitat restoration or creation is an important issue for biodiversity conservation and that the need to identify the source of that seed will depend on the location where the restoration or creation occurs.
Source: Bumblebee conservation website.