British Wildlife 21.2 December 2009

The return of the native: loss and repatriation of the Short-haired Bumblebee Bombus subterraneus

It is well known that bumblebees have been declining in the UK and Europe over the past 60 years. This is because of the loss of extensive areas of suitable foraging habitat (Edwards & Williams 2004), including 98% of our flower-rich hay meadows. 

The role of DNA-fingerprinting in the conservation of the native Black Poplar Wildlife reports
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