Results from our 2019 Bumblebee Survey

Below is the latest results from our survey of Bumblebees on the land. The surveys follow a strict methodology,  so a year on year comparison can be given. Thanks to Mate and Eloise for volunteering to carry this out.

 

Number of Bumblebees spotted over 45 minutes Date of survey    
43 27-May-2019    
79 10-Jun-2019    
48 27-Jun-2019    
53 13-Jul-2019    
32 17-Aug-2019    
14 7-Sep-2019    
       
269 Total    
       
45 Average number of Bumblebees per visit
       
       
47% Year on Year % increase  

 

It’s likely the weather difference between 2018 and 2019 has made a big difference to these results. In 2018 we had a severe cold spell to start the year and then a near drought situation later in the summer. While the summer of 2019 has mostly been wet and humid.

Note our Honey bee Hives increased to 3 this summer from 2 in 2018, being a 50% increase. We had been told that the Honey bees may outcompete the Bumblebees but so far that’s not been our experience. Bumblebees for example have longer tongues so can use different flowers.

 

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