BBCT is increasingly concerned about the issue of imported bumblebees, and part funded the study by PhD student Peter Graystock, the results of which have been released today. (See press release below) BBCT has chosen to make disease in imported bumblebees a key policy area and we are working with leading scientists to evolve our position.
BRITISH ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE
Stricter controls over bumblebee imports to the UK are urgently required to prevent diseases spreading to native bumblebees and honeybees, scientists have warned. The call follows the discovery of parasites in over three-quarters of imported bumblebee colonies they tested. The study - the first of its kind in the UK - is published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.