Winter active Bumblebees at the National Wildflower Centre, Liverpool

January 11, 2016

in A selection of my garden wildlife videos, Bumblebees and their ecology, Gardening For Wildlife

Winter, Mahonia and bumblebees seem to go together!

I have heard many reports of Bumblebees working on Mahonia down south.  This is my very first sighting of them so early in the year here. There were two sections of mahonia, separated by several other bushes and trees about 30-40 yards apart . I saw no bumblebees working the other mahonia, they were all on this section. Each worker bee flew off in the very same direction when leaving. I assume the nest was very close by.

Winter working scouse bumblebee!Nurturing Nature

Scouse winter working bumblebee!

Download a BWARS information sheet “Winter active Bumblebees”

A recent paper refers to this behaviour : Winter active bumblebees,(Bombus terrestris) achieve high foraging rates in urban Britain

For more information about Bumblebees: Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Interested in Citizen Science and pollinators? The Buzz Club 

This is an interesting article Bumblebees Active in Winter 2015/16 by Marc Carlton

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Marian January 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm

Hi George
When we did have a sunny morning, spotted a couple of bumble bees on our neighbours Mahonia.
Lots of long tailed tits around our feeders again, along with the lesser spotted woodpecker.
Be nice to have a couple of dry sunny days.


nurturingnature January 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm

Hi Marian, Nature on your doorstep, what a great welcome to the new year! Cheers, George


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