Roundabouts, parks and verges across Exeter have been planted with wildflowers in a project to provide a haven for butterflies and bees.Read the full story ›
Footage: Brett Butler Smythe
A huge swarm of bees has been spotted on a residential street in Plymouth.
It was caught on camera by former Apprentice contestant Brett Butler Smythe - who found his car surrounded by the insects in Derriford.
It's thought a mild winter and hot summer could have led to an increase in bee population.
Cornwall Council is supporting an action plan to help save the county's bees population from further decline.Read the full story ›
An instructor at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose was confronted by swarming bees when he arrived at work.
Air Engineer Petty Officer Si Baker, who is responsible for the station's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence cell, had to call for help from a local bee keeper when he found the swarm outside his office window.
Fortunately he had full protective kit which he needs for his day job.
Les Tonkin from the West Cornwall Bee Keepers Association took them away to - hopefully - start a new colony.
A beekeeper had to be called in to Bristol today as up to 20,000 bees chose to take up residence on a city centre lamp postRead the full story ›
If you're feeling a little restless in the heat, spare a thought for the region's bees.
Juliet Fleming from Bristol has sent us this clip of bees swarming in the hot weather. They gathered in the front garden of a house on Hawthorn St, near Hillcrest Primary School in Totterdown earlier this week.
Experts say it is natural for bees to swarm in hot weather.
A bee specialist has collected the majority of the insects, and will return to collect the stragglers, who are likely to die without their colony.
The population of a rare bumblebee found in Somerset may have been badly affected by this year's floods.
Conservationists are worried that the number of Shrill Carder Bees in the region are decreasing. The bees get their name from the way they make a high pitched sound when moving their muscles.
Conservationists are worried one of the country's rarest bumblebees may have been badly affected by the wet winter.
The Shrill Carder Bee has few strongholds - one is on the Somerset Levels which was badly flooded. Teams of bee lovers have been out trying to count them but, as David Woodland reports, it proved tricky.
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Buglife, the invertebrate conservation trust, says up 75% of some of our most threatened bee species have been lost in some counties.Read the full story ›
75% of the most threatened bee species have been lost to some of the region's counties.
A report by nature conservation charity Buglife says the large garden bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus) is still found in Gloucestershire and Somerset, but over the past 50 years has disappeared from Dorset and the far South West.
The increased use of pesticides and unpredictable weather have contributed to their decline.