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Rare bee being reintroduced at Essex reservoir

The bee is being reintroduced near Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A native species of bee, once thought to be extinct, is being reintroduced at a reservoir in Essex.

The black honey bee was almost completely wiped out 100 years ago and it was only recently that experts discovered they did still exist in parts of the UK.

The Essex Wildlife Trust is working with Essex and Suffolk Water and the Bee Breeders Association to establish a colony at Abberton Reservoir near Colchester.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

We're delighted to have the British black bee at Abberton and to be supporting the expansion of the species.

The British black bee is well suited to our climate, so encouraging its use among local beekeepers will bring about wider benefits for local agriculture and wildlife, which relies on honey bee pollination.

– Helen Jacobs, Senior Conservation Advisor for Essex & Suffolk Water