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|
|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.