Great yellow bumblebee

Once found throughout most of the UK, the Great yellow bumblebee can now only be found on the North coast of Scotland, and some of the Scottish islands.

It still exists there because of the flower-rich environment called machair, which is found only in coastal areas. Machair is fantastically rich in flowers, especially Red clover, which is a favourite food-plant of the Great yellow bumblebee. We are working with land managers in the areas where this species still exists, to encourage them to create more habitat for this beautiful bee. Click here to download our factsheet to read more about this important species.

Maps showing distribution of the Great yellow bumblebee (Maps courtesy of BWARS)

“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”

Toby Buckland
TV gardener

Toby Buckland
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