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THE LIVING WORLD
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Sunday 06:35-07:00
The Living World is a gentle weekend natural history programme, presented by Lionel Kelleway, which aims to broadcast the best, most intimate encounters with British wildlife.
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Sunday 17 April 2005
Edie Jollie, Lionel Kelleway and Mike Edwards
Edie Jollie, Lionel Kelleway and Mike Edwards hunting bumblebees.

Spring Bumblebees

In the second of three programmes dedicated to the BBC Spring Watch event, Lionel Kelleway is joined by bumblebee expert Mike Edwards and  Edie Jollie from the invertebrate charity, Buglife.

Lionel accompanies them on a walk along a woodland edge in the Rewell Wood in Sussex to search for queen bumblebees that are looking for suitable nesting sites amongst the grassy tussocks.

Only the queens of last year's colonies survived the winter, and having mated before going into hibernation, they are now ready to lay eggs and raise the next generation.

Some bumblebees act like cuckoos - parasitising the nests of others, while some flies disguise themselves as bees to protect themselves against predators that will be wary of being stung.

The spring and summer months are when bunblebees are at their busiest collecting nectar and pollen from garden flowers.

Bumblebees, like honey bees and solitary bees, also play an important role in flower pollination.

Links to useful tips on how to identify the common species of bumblebee in the UK and how to remember their latin names are listed below.
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