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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

by Peter Hanscomb

We have a new garden resident, or I should say residents. One of our bird boxes has been colonised by what I think are Tree Bumblebees. ( any help with identifying my new friends would be most welcome)

The tree bumblebee is an invasive species here in the U.K. , first spotted back in 2001. So far there has been no significant signs of any aggression from my new friends. And the limited research carried out so far indicates no threat to their native cousins.

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  1. Looks like it’s tree bees. We had them in a bird box a few years ago. At the end of the season they disappeared, have never returned & blue tits nested in the same (cleaned) box last year. The bees were no problem, they just got a bit active if we went near the box when their nest was there, but apart from that they provided plenty of opportunities to observe them.

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