Thursday, 6 August 2015

Bumblebees love the sun too

Guest blog post by Liesel Bott, Sheffield Wildlife Trust volunteer Nature Reserves Assistant

Wednesday 1st July may have been the hottest day of the year for Sheffield but this didn’t stop Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and the Community Science team from setting up a new bumblebee transect at Blacka Moor nature reserve.

 We spent an enjoyable morning walking the new transect route to assess its suitability and record the habitats present along the way. The good mix of heathland and woodland habitats complete with the hot sunny weather meant the bumblebees were out in force. We recorded over 40 sightings in around 1km with a bilberry bumblebee, one of the target species, spotted in the last section.

The Blacka Moor bumblebee transect is ready to go and waiting for more community science volunteers to discover and survey. If you are interested in helping survey this transect please contact Community Science or Sheffield Wildlife Trust

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