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Extinct short-haired bumblebee to be reintroduced in England

The Guardian, 26 April 2012
Publié le : 26 avril 2012
 Simon Day 

The short-haired bumblebee, extinct in the UK for nearly a quarter of a century, is set to be reintroduced into the south-east of the country.

A team of scientists will travel to Sweden this weekend to collect up to 100 bumblebee queens to be released in Kent.

"This project is about restoring a lost piece of the jigsaw for our countryside wildlife and it is going to be a very special moment when we finally introduce them to their new home later this year," said project leader Nikki Gammans.

The short-haired bumblebee was last seen in the UK in 1988 and officially declared regionally extinct in 2000 after the steady loss of its habitat due to intensive farming and rise in pesticide use after the second world war.

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