Swedish Bees Arrive

A dozen or so Swedish short haired bumble bees (Bombus subterraneous) were taken from their quarantine quarters and released on Dungeness today.

The bees, which were declared extinct in the UK in 1988, following a dramatic loss of natural wild flower meadows, had previously been mated and it is hoped a good percentage of these 'queens' will survive and establish colonies on the pre prepared area on Dungeness and surrounding farmland.

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