HUNDREDS of thousands of foreign bumblebees are being imported into the UK each year by fruit farmers worried their crops will fail, The Scotsman has learned.
Bumblebee numbers in the UK have plummeted in recent decades, and this is leading fruit growers to import thousands of hives each year to help pollinate crops.
However, experts have warned the bees from Europe may carry diseases that threaten the survival of many vulnerable native varieties of the insect in Scotland.
Warning over foreign bumblebee factories
October 7, 2009 by norwegica