Bumblebee Makes Comeback in UK after Hiatus of 25 Years
For the past 25 years, short-haired bumblebees were nowhere to be seen in the UK. A group of researchers came up with a project titled the Short-Haired Bumblebee Reintroduction project.
They have been working on the project for more than two years now. It is now that they have announced about their first success. Conservationists were successful in having two releases of short-haired bumblebee queens.
The release has been done at the RSPB's Dungeness reserve in Kent. Main aim of the research project was to come up with a viable breeding population. Conservationists were of the view that they have seen four young worker bees.
Dr. Nikki Gammans, leader of the project, "We now have proof that this bumblebee has nested and hatched young and we hope it is on the way to becoming a self supporting wild species in the UK once again".
Dr. Gammans has affirmed the first success as a milestone. There was a time when the specie was quite prevalent in the south of England. At that time, it used deed on wildflowers like red clover. But with time, its population started to deteriorate.
Since 1988, no bumblebee has been seen in the UK. Its non-presence has led authorities concerned to announce bumblebee as an extinct in 2000.
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