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Dr Tim Shreeve talks to the BBC about the discovery of a rare bumblebee in Oxfordshire

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Tim Shreeve BBC

Oxford Brookes University Centre for Ecology, Environment and Conservation's director Dr Tim Shreeve was recently called on by Aston Pottery in Oxfordshire after they discovered an unusual type of bumblebee in their gardens which is all black.

Oxford Brookes University Centre for Ecology, Environment and Conservation's director Dr Tim Shreeve was recently called on by Aston Pottery in Oxfordshire after they discovered an unusual type of bumblebee in their gardens which is all black.

It is the rare "melanic" form of "Bombus ruderatus", notable as it doesn't feature a bumblebee's usual yellow stripes, and whose numbers have declined by around 70% in the last 40 years. Dr Shreeve discussed the discovery on BBC South Today.

See Dr Shreeve's interview with the BBC here

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