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May 19 2019 Latest news:
The return of a bumblebee species extinct in the UK for nearly a quarter of a century has moved a big step forward.
A team of conservationists went to Sweden on a mission to collect up to 100 short-haired bumblebee queens before releasing them at the RSPBs Dungeness reserve in Kent later this spring.
The project to return the bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus) to the UK is a partnership between Natural England, the RSPB, Hymettus and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and forms part of the wider Natural England funded Species Recovery Programme.
The short-haired bumblebee was last recorded in the UK in 1988 near Dungeness. It has suffered declines during the last 60 years as a result of habitat loss.