New attempt to return bumblebee to Dungeness


A new attempt is being made to reintroduce an extinct bumblebee to Kent after a bid to bring the species back from New Zealand failed.

Conservationists are going to Sweden to collect up to 100 queens of the bombus subterraneus species.

Queen bees brought back from New Zealand in 2009 died before they came out of quarantine.

The species was last recorded in the UK in 1988 near Dungeness and declared extinct in Britain in 2000.

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