Steven Falk has produced the following publication on the bumblebees of Warwickshire, and says “whilst focussed on Warwickshire, much of the information, plus the photo-gallery at the end, will serve those interested in bumblebee recording and conservation throughout Britain”.
Bumblebees are some of our most easily recognised insects, and they serve a vitally important role as pollinators of wild and cultivated plants. In the latter role, they are vital for local fruit and seed production in orchards, allotments and gardens. They help pollinate our apples, pears, plums, raspberries and important crops including Oil-seed Rape, Pea and Broad Bean. But like so many other important pollinators such as hoverflies, moths and butterflies, bumblebees are not having a particularly easy time in Britain’s intensively managed countryside. Several species have completely disappeared from Warwickshire and other parts of central Britain, whilst others are currently scarce and vulnerable. This publication places the spotlight on this attractive group of insects, helping you to identify, understand and conserve them.