Wednesday, 6 July 2011


Bumble bees are in danger in many developed countries due to habitat destruction and collateral pesticide damage. In Britain, until relatively recently, 19 species of native true bumble bee were recognised along with six species of cuckoo bumble bees. Of these, three have been extirpated, eight are in serious decline, and only six remain widespread. Similar declines in bumble bees have been reported in Ireland, with 4 species being designated endangered, and another two species considered vulnerable to extinction. A decline in bumble bee numbers could cause large-scale changes to the countryside, leading to inadequate pollination of certain plants. The world's first bumble bee sanctuary was established at Vane Farm in the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve in Scotland in 2008. Wikipedia

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