Unfortunately, bumblebees have been declining in many countries throughout the world.
It’s also unfortunate that there are
many attempts to remove bumblebee nests and destroy them, quite
unnecessarily. This is a great shame. Personally I think it's high time we protect bumblebee nests instead!
Why? Apart from the general decline, bumblebees face a number of challenges in finding suitable nest sites. Different bumblebee species have varied needs. Habitat loss has reduced the number of suitable nest sites available to bumblebees. Humans cannot always easily compensate by providing artificial nest sites.
I have a page about this issue here, and you will see that firstly, I try to dissuade people from destroying or attempting to relocate nests.
The fact is:
it is rarely necessary to move or destroy a bumblebee nest: bumblebees are not aggressive, and at the end of the season, the whole colony shall die naturally anyway.
Quite apart from them being beautiful, enchanting creatures in their own right.....
1. Bumblebees provide a vital pollination service, contributing to diversity and beauty in the landscape, parks, farmlands and in our gardens.
2. The decline of bumblebees is a serious
concern, and they are threatened by a wide range of issues, such as habitat
loss, pesticides, and diseases.
3. Given the very temporary nature of bumblebee nests, there is seldom a valid reason for their removal, and successfully relocating bumblebee nests cannot easily be guaranteed: bumblebee queens are ‘fussy’ and different species of bees will require different flora and nesting conditions.
4. Even when nest sites are naturally selected, failure rate of colonies can be as high as 72% (1).
5. Members of the public who destroy bumblebee nests may be unaware that the colony will only last a season, that bumblebees are rarely aggressive, and that they are already in serious decline.
(1) Goulson: Bumblebee Behaviour And Ecology, p6: citing a study in Southern England by Cumber: of 80 nests, only 23 produced new queens (essential to ensure future generations of bumblebees). This equates to approximately 72% ‘failure’ rate.
Isn't it time that bumblebee nests were protected? If you agree, I ask you to support the legal protection of bumblebees and their nests, so that it is against the law to:
If you agree, perhaps you could copy
and paste the above information and email it to your local council and or politicial
Anyway.....it's just a thought! The more people who make a noise
about this issue, the better!
i really believe we need to act now to raise awareness, and encourage people to leave nests alone.
Please share this page and the images below and the information in the right hand margin on social media, and with your contacts, to raise
awareness. The aim is to encourage people to protect bumblebee nests rather than destroy them!
You could even post the images to the social media pages of a relevant politician in your country, or 'tweet to' them.
Below is a list of other actions you can take to help bees.
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Wild Bumblebees under threat from commercially reared bumblebees:
"77% of the commercially produced bumblebee colonies from the three producers, which were imported on the basis of being free of parasites, in fact carried microbial parasites"
"During the first year trials, tests of bees from one vendor revealed that all six bumble bee colonies came already infected with IAPV"
(other samples of bumblebees had DWV and BQCV)
Copy and paste the link below in a new window for further information:
Name of study:
"RNA Viruses in Hymenopteran Pollinators: Evidence of Inter-Taxa Virus Transmission via Pollen and Potential Impact on Non-Apis Hymenopteran Species"