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
A teenager has been airlifted to hospital after being stabbed outside a DLR station in south-east London.
By law, the Met Police has a duty to police public land outside grounds - that's costing them £9.3m a season.
John, who began running for Age UK back in the 1980s when he was aged 53, has raised an incredible amount since then - more than £40,000.