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Bumblebees hit by honeybee diseases
Diseases harboured by honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees, a study suggests.
Rare bumblebee released on reserve
More short-haired bumblebees are to be reintroduced to the countryside in Kent.
Rare bumblebee spotted in London
One of the UK's most threatened bumblebees is spotted in London for the first time in nearly 10 years.
What is threatening bumblebees?
Two widely-used pesticides have a harmful effect on bumblebees and threaten the survival of their colony, scientists have found.
'Extinct' bumblebee returns to UK
The short-haired bumblebee, which vanished from the UK in 1988, is being reintroduced to the Kent countryside.
Scientists, leave our bees alone!
How did British scientists get stung by the Swedish press after bee mix-up?
'Bee damaging' chemicals campaign
A South East MEP is campaigning for a ban on chemicals he said could be damaging the bee population.
Bumbles make beeline for gardens
Gardens are able to sustain a greater number of bumblebee nests than farmed land, a study involving genetic analysis and modelling suggests.
Bumblebees prefer stripy flowers
Gardeners are being encouraged to grow striped and red flowers to encourage bumblebee populations, after research suggested the insects are most attracted to them.
Rare bumblebees making comeback
Five threatened species of bumblebee show signs of making a comeback in the South East, conservationists say.
Inbred bees 'facing extinction'
Some of the UK's rarest bumblebees are at risk of becoming extinct as a result of inbreeding, research suggests.
Top award for humble bee project
A Stirling-based bumblebee project is voted the UK's best environment project at the National Lottery Awards 2010.
Flowers sown at Caithness farms to attract bumblebees
Wild flowers are sown at 11 farms in Caithness in an effort to boost numbers of the rare great yellow bumblebee.
Bee stripes may not keep predators away
Bumblebees' distinctive bright yellow and black stripes may not be what keeps them safe from their enemies, scientists say.
Habits of 'fussy' bees revealed
Details of how scientists plan to bring the extinct short-haired bumblebee back to the UK have been revealed.
Buzz of excitement over bumblebee
The great yellow bumblebee - one of Britain's rarest bees - has been found at its most southerly site in 30 years.
Rare bumblebee coming back to UK
A bumblebee which is extinct in the UK is to be reintroduced from New Zealand under plans being announced.
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