Reintroduction of Short-haired bumblebeeAfter 60 years of gradual decline as a result of habitat loss, the short-haired bumblebee was last recorded in the UK in 1988. Now, as part of a Natural England funded Species Recovery Programme, the species has been reintroduced to the UK. A team of conservationists visited Sweden to collect up to 100 short-haired bumblebee queens before releasing them at the RSPB’s Dungeness reserve in Kent in May 2012. Read more about the project here.
The number of breeding cuckoos in the UK has dropped significantly over the last 25 years, but it is not clear what has caused this decline. Whilst the Cuckoo has been well studied during the breeding season here in the UK, once they head off on migration very little was known about the routes they take or where in Africa they spent the winter months. In 2011 the BTO attached satellite-tracking devices to Cuckoos from Norfolk to find out more about their important stop-over sites and wintering destinations on the way to and from Africa.
Watch: Female glow wormsWingless female glow-worms light up to attract a mate.