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22 September 2014

Rare bees found at Cornish wildlife site

There was good news for nature lovers in Cornwall this weekend when it was revealed how the county’s clean air and wildlife friendly environment has helped a rare species of bee to flourish.

Wildlife charity the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has revealed the news after a study at the charity’s Bartinney Nature Reserve near Sennen saw researchers discover the bee.

The species, the tormentil nomad bee, is so rare it only exists at one other place in the whole of the South West, at a site near Davidstow.

The fact the species, which lodges in the nest of another rare species called the tormentil mining bee, has been found close to our luxury Cornwall holiday cottages shows how we’re blessed with a pollution free atmosphere.

Both species of bee are moorland species which have been in decline since the 1970s.

The mining bee collects huge amounts of pollen from flowering tormentil to feed larvae which live in small chambers slightly underground.

The nomad bee lays its larvae in these nests and they then grow and feed on the honey made by the mining bees. Large colonies of the mining bee ae needed to sustain a nomad bee population so the fact Bartinney supports both species is significant.

If you’d like to visit Bartinney and see the wealth of wildlife that exists on the site visit the Cornwall Wildlife Trust website.


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