Extinct Bee Back in UK

PUBLISHED: 10:37 14 June 2012 | UPDATED: 22:03 21 February 2013

The return of a bumblebee species extinct in the UK for nearly a quarter of a century has moved a big step forward.


The return of a bumblebee species

extinct in the UK for nearly a quarter of

a century has moved a big step forward.

A team of conservationists went to

Sweden on a mission to collect up to

100 short-haired bumblebee queens

before releasing them at the RSPBs

Dungeness reserve in Kent later this

spring.

The project to return the bumblebee

(Bombus subterraneus) to the UK is a

partnership between Natural England,

the RSPB, Hymettus and the

Bumblebee Conservation Trust and

forms part of the wider Natural England

funded Species Recovery Programme.

The short-haired bumblebee was last

recorded in the UK in 1988 near

Dungeness. It has suffered declines

during the last 60 years as a result of

habitat loss.

The return of a bumblebee species extinct in the UK for nearly a quarter of a century has moved a big step forward.

A team of conservationists went to Sweden on a mission to collect up to 100 short-haired bumblebee queens before releasing them at the RSPBs Dungeness reserve in Kent later this spring.

The project to return the bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus) to the UK is a partnership between Natural England, the RSPB, Hymettus and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and forms part of the wider Natural England funded Species Recovery Programme.

The short-haired bumblebee was last recorded in the UK in 1988 near Dungeness. It has suffered declines during the last 60 years as a result of habitat loss.


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