So, (almost) the end of the 10th season of bumblebee monitoring at the RSPB reserve and it is time to evaluate the results I gathered with Pete Akers. A strange year. On one hand the total of 240 bumblebees counted on the timed walks was the third lowest since monitoring began (last years count was 361). However this was due to a steep decline in the numbers of our three commonest species, whereas the rarer species had a good year, and two new species were found on the reserve.
The brown banded carder bee Bombus humilis had it’s Read the rest of this entry »