This week I completed the last of the timed walks on the Dungeness RSPB reserve, monitoring bumblebees. Previous monitoring sessions posted very high counts, and I anticipated a similar result, however numbers were unusually low for August because the commonest species this year peaked in numbers in July - an indication of how warm the early part of our summer was.
Key points were as follows:
1. The number recorded throughout the summer was another record high of 361 bumblebees (previous best 344) Read the rest of this entry »