Short-haired Bumblebee Nests in Dungeness

argylesock says… Here’s good news about a bumblebee called Bombus subterraneus that had become extinct here in Britain due to habitat loss, and which is now breeding again in Kent. It’s been reintroduced from Sweden. Maev Kennedy at the Guardian told us about this reintroduction before the breeding success happened, and clarified the bee’s English name – short-haired bumblebee, not short-tailed.

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From http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-24112752

17 September 2013 Last updated at 01:57 GMT

A species of bee reintroduced to the UK after becoming extinct has nested for the first time in a quarter of a century.

The short-haired bumblebee started dying out in Britain in the 1980s and officially became extinct in 2000.

A reintroduction project saw queen bees brought over from Sweden.

After two releases of queens at the RSPB’s Dungeness reserve in Kent, offspring worker bees have been recorded there for the first time.

Short-haired bumblebees were once widespread across the south of England but declined as their wildflower rich grasslands disappeared.

Nikki Gammans, who leads the project, said: “This is a milestone for the project and a real victory for conservation.

“We now have proof that this bumblebee has nested and hatched young and we hope it is on the way to become a self-supporting wild species in the UK.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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