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Kate Bradbury

I was in Bolton last week and saw a queen buff tailed bumblebee foraging for pollen (which means she's starting a new nest) on some snapdragons that were still out. In the south a very few buff-tailed bumbles don't hibernate, while others just emerge from hibernation as early as January, but to see one starting a new nest in the north in mid-December was incredible! Has anyone else seen any bees out this month?

*I am posting this in potting shed until our wildlife section is built*



Sadly it's been so wet and windy here this month, there have been no bee sightings at all

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