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bodger

The Plight of Bumblebees on BBC News this Morning.

Did people see the rather interesting piece on the decline of the humble bumblebee on the BBC News this morning ?
Apparently, we have already lost several species here in the UK .

Although there are several other species that are causing concern, all isn't doom and gloom. The programme pointed out that there is a lot that we as individuals can do to help the situation. I found it all very interesting. The people interviewed said that as well as planting flowers that were of help to the bees, we could also assist their recovery by creating bumblebee nesting sites. They showed several simple designs.

The Bumblebee Trust asked that we take our digital cameras and take snaps of the bees that we see and to then E mail them to them for identification. As soon as they said that, I thought of you lot .
You'd all be naturals for the task. :-)

Be warned though ! If you send them any pictures, you'd better put them on here as well. along with any results they send you.

I feel a competition coming on.

Useful Links

http://www.bumblebeeconservationtrust.co.uk/

http://search.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/s...s&Search.x=41&Search.y=24
Ratman

I love to see the bumble bees and only under very rare circumstances will I ever control them. I did successfully re-locate several nests last year. I killed one nest that were under a shed and not possible to remove. The lady had a son with downs syndrome and the bees were in the garden where the little lad played. He had been stung once and it really was causing a problem. Incidentally having dealt with many wasp nests last year the only two stings I had all season were from bumble bees when I was trying to help re-locate them to save them from harm !!! bdooly gratitude :banghead:
bodger

Many years ago, I use to go up onto the limestone hills around Manifold Valley on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border chasing rabbits and pot holing ( thats a story for another time ) The area is absolutely beautiful and one of the things that I enjoyed was the varied insect and plant life.
One of the things that recall in particular were the small dark bumblebees with dark red bums. As you can tell, I've forgotten the scientific word for the end bit of a bumblebee but I'm sure you get my drift.
Ratman

Abdomen Bodger remember the training - Head-Thorax- Abdomen
Leonie

We have lots of bumblebees, not sure what sort they are though. Last summer at the allotment there were hundreds of them buzzing about the flowers I had growing there. I love listening to them buzzing whilst I'm weeding and working there in the sunshine, very relaxing. :-)
bodger

There are dozens of different sorts of bumbleys Leonie and they are asking for pictures of them. It should be right up your street.
Leonie

If I keep the allotment then I'll get the camera out and take some more photos this year.
Jim

you wait till the lime trees come into flower they hum with the thousands of bumbles on them i will record it when it happens for you all to see :-)
kaz

We had some going in and out of an air brick a couple of years ago and then they just seemed to get too big to get in and all the activity stopped :sad11:
I love the idea of making nests for them (and we've got a yard full of slabs that aren't being used for anything else ATM :angry1: )
Stonehead

Re: The Plight of Bumblebees on BBC News this Morning.

fish

from the title i thaught you meant the song! :: ::
kaz

Re: The Plight of Bumblebees on BBC News this Morning.

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Nice descriptions Stonehead :-)

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