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Britain's Bumblebees were hit by weather extremes in 2018

Grass Clippings - Bumble Bee DeclineWeather extremes in 2018 caused most of the UK's 24 bumblebee species to suffer a decline in population, according to a new report claims The Daily Mail.

Bumblebees saw a later than usual start to their season as the icy 'Beast from the East' hit in late February and early March.  This was followed by heatwave and drought in the summer that took away much of their food source.

A few rare warm-weather bumblebee species like the Shrill Carder bee thrived as they usually emerge later and dealt better with the hotter conditions. 

This is not good news for the Bees but perhaps Pesticides are not to blame.  They are just an easy target to attract blame and criticism.

Most of the 24 species of UK bumblebees got off to a slow start and only reached normal numbers in July, which experts said suggested the queen bees were late out of hibernation and slow to produce large numbers of workers.

The hot, dry summer caused further problems, with many species declining more quickly than normal as the year progressed and the heatwave wilted and parched flowers, reducing the amount of food available.

The Spring emerging Early bumblebee had the worst year since the near-constant rain in 2012.

Species commonly seen in people's backyards, like the garden, buff-tailed, heath and white-tailed bumblebees all had poor years.

Read more on The Daily Mail


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