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Oh là là – bumblebee with a French accent arrives in Scotland

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) office was a-buzz with excitement last week when one of its members reported a Tree bumblebee sighting in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire.

Since the Trust’s partners at Aberdeen University announced on the Beechgrove Garden that this bumbleee was likely to cross the border into Scotland, the charity has received a number of records of possible sightings. However, all had turned out to be the Common carder bumblebee.

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Hope for UK’s threatened bumblebees as lost species given a second chance

An extinct British bumblebee species will get a boost today as a new generation of queens are released on the edge of Kent.

Experts have spent two weeks collecting Short-haired bumblebees from farmland in southern Sweden and today they will be reintroduced to the RSPB’s reserve at Dungeness in Kent. Conservationists have hailed the story as a sign of hope for all of the UK’s bumblebees.

The project, backed by Natural England, RSPB, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Hymettus, began last year with an initial pilot reintroduction which followed four years of work with local farmers to create the ideal wildflower habitat for bumblebees across Romney Marsh and Dungeness.

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