News from the BBCT website:
Today sees our latest project unveiled to the World’s media. The short-haired bumblebee (Bombus subterraneus) is extinct in the UK, last seen in 1988. We are working with partners to reintroduce it from New Zealand.
It was originally exported from the UK to New Zealand on the first refrigerated lamb boats in the late 19th Century to pollinate clover crops. Although extinct in the UK, populations on the other side of the world have survived. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is working in partnership with Natural England, RSPB and Hymettus to bring the species home.
Also the same story covered on the BBC Website.