A rare bumblebee which has seen its numbers decline rapidly across Southern England in the past 100 years has been spotted in East London as part of a project funded by The Co-operative’s Plan Bee campaign.
The Shrill Carder, Bombus Sylvarum, one of the UK’s most threatened bumblebees with just six or seven populations in England and Wales, was seen last month at the Crossness sewage works, Thamesmead, a Thames Water site.
It was thought that there maybe a colony in the Thames Gateway but limited to the North Kent and South Essex coast, so experts were surprised to see this species at a site so close to central London.
The bee was spotted by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
More top news
The body of a 15-year-old boy has been recovered from the River Thames after he was spotting in difficulties in the water.
A woman and a boy have been killed after a car police were pursuing crashed into a family.
A 23-year-old man has died after being injured in an altercation inside a minicab.