A NEW type of bumblebee has been seen buzzing around the borough and Solihull Council is calling on people to keep a lookout for it.
The Bombus Hypnorum, also known as le tree bee, was recorded new to Britain in 2001 and has recently been spotted in Shirley Park for the first time by the Council’s local nature reserve officer, Gary Farmer.
The sighting is the first reported for the whole of the sub-region of Solihull, Warwickshire and Coventry.
The bee is thought to have originally made its way to this country from France and likes to nest in small holes in trees.
It is easily identified by its distinctive colouring including a ginger middle body, glossy black abdomen and contrasting white tail.
In the last 70 years, two of the UK’s 24 species of bumblebee have become extinct while six are on the endangered list.
Gary Farmer said: “One of the rangers found a bees’ nest in one of the bird boxes.”
“I decided to investigate and was really surprised to find that the nest belonged to this bee, I was thrilled to discover it has made a home in our borough.”
Councillor Mrs Kate Wild, cabinet member for community services, said: “The borough’s brilliant parks and open spaces are a haven for all sorts of wildlife and it’s always exciting to discover a new species in the area.”
To find out more about wildlife in the area and the borough’s parks and open spaces, contact the Park Rangers at Solihull Council on 0121 704 8472.