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Comeback Central June 24, 2009

Posted by letitiahughes in environment.

We always hear about celebs making a much-awaited comeback – Take That, Spice Girls – you name it – but isn’t it better when we hear of environmental comebacks? It is great to actually see good news environmental stories rather than the normal doom and gloom.

For example, we heard recently that great bustard chicks have hatched for the first time in Britain in almost two centuries, since 1832. At least three chicks from two nests are being watched over by their mothers at a secret location on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. The great bustard, Otis tarda, was hunted to extinction in Britain, although it used to be commonly found in the Yorkshire Wolds, Lincolnshire, East Anglia and Salisbury Plain.

But it is not just about the birds, it is also about the bees. We all know about the importance of the bee for the fine working of ecoystems, but there is one bee of special importance.

The short-haired bumblebee was exported from the UK to New Zealand on the first refrigerated lamb boats in the late 19th Century to pollinate clover crops. Although it thrived in New Zealand, it was last seen in the UK in 1988. Now Natural England and several other conservation groups have launched a scheme to bring the species home. As many as 100 of the bees will initially be collected in New Zealand and a captive breeding plan established, with the aim of eventually releasing them at Dungeness, Kent, where they were last seen. They will be flown back on planes in cool boxes, and will not be disturbed as they will be in hibernation during transit.

This return of the bees is really important as the bee is a “keystone species” for pollinating around 80% of important crops.

It would be great to hear what other good news sustainability stories people may have?


1. Laura - June 24, 2009

Yey Great Bustard!!!

Love the birds and the bees line too!!

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