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How are bumblebees coping with the cold UK Spring?

By now, we would normally expect to see many more bumblebee queens on the wing, searching for nests and trying to gather enough food to raise their first few workers for the nest. But in most of the UK, the cold weather this Spring has meant that many queens simply haven’t left hibernation yet - I have only seen two myself this year, and early indications from our BeeWalk survey shows that almost no queens were spotted at all in March.