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Bee keeper called to Royal Naval Air Station

Air Engineer Petty Officer Si Baker and the unwelcome visitors Credit: RNAS Culdrose

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.

Hopefully the honey bees will start a new colony Credit: RNAS Culdrose


WATCH: Bees swarm in Bristol's heatwave

A swarm of bees in Totterdown, Bristol. Credit: Juliet Fleming

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.

Somerset's bee population affected by floods

Shrill Carder Bee Credit: ITV West Country

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.

Bee survey in Somerset

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.

Find out more about the Great British Bee survey:


Major decline in West Country bee species

A bumble bee. Credit: PA

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.

Deserted village has first residents in 70 years

A village in Wiltshire that was deserted 70 years ago has its first new residents; a colony of bees.

Beekeeper Chris Wilks is trying to breed a native British strain of black bee at Imber on Salisbury Plain.

Most bees in Britain were introduced from abroad after a disease nearly wiped native ones out.

The Wiltshire grassland is a perfect environment for black variety.

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