18th May 2018

The Great British Bee Count is underway again between now and the end of June. It is easy to download the free app from Friends of the Earth and you can record as often as you like and from wherever you like- garden, park, walk, work or school grounds etc. Here are a couple of the easier Bumble Bees to identify, but there is a guide to help you on the app: The Red-tailed Bumblebee and the Tree Bumblebee in our garden in Sheffield. I won’t be near wi-

Tree Bumblebee

Tree Bumblebee

Red Tailed Bumblebee

Red-tailed Bumblebee

fi much over the next couple of weeks so there won’t be much blog activity, but then it should resume as usual. Conditions: Continuing the recent days of blue sky. Temperature: Max 18 Min 7 C.

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16th March 2017

Tree Bumblebee- here is an easy to identify Bumblebee that is common in our garden, and out feeding today. The first sighting of this highly efficient pollinator in Europe was in 2001. Spreading really fast, this very hardy bee has already reached north of Glasgow. Unusually, it nests in holes in trees, or in nest boxes, late May and early June. If you find one nesting you can report it to BWARS (the Bee, Wasps and Ants Recording Society) so they can monitor its spread- I just love these esoteric voluntary bodies so common in the UK! They want to monitor it to see if it is a threat to our other pollinators, or is filling a valuable niche as our native pollinators decline. Don’t worry about the nest- it is vacated after a couple of weeks. Conditions: Sunny, breezy spring day. Temperature: Max 12- Min 4C

Tree Bumblebee

Tree Bumblebee   

Tree Bumblebee

Tree Bumblebee, warming up in the sun