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"Unwind with Nature: Enjoy the Tranquility of Great Yellow Bumblebees in the Machair flowers at RSPB Balranald"

Updated: Jul 2

Unwind with this relaxing video of the sights and sounds of Great Yellow Bumblebees in the beautiful Machair at RSPB Balranald. We hope this inspires you to visit this stunning habitat and see them for yourself. See below the video for more information about these rare bees.




We were lucky enough to see a queen Great Yellow bumblebee on a trip to the small island of Mingulay a couple of years ago. Since then we have been filming video footage of the Great Yellow bumblebees that are here in the wonderful flower rich Machair at RSPB Balranald. These beautiful bees are endangered and on the brink of extinction. For more information about their life-cycle please see our bumblebee blog.


Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) on a white clover flower in the Machair
A Queen Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) on a white clover flower in the Machair

The bumblebee conservation trust has some fantastic information about how to identify bumblebees and information about how you can get involved in helping to save the bumblebees of the UK.


Now is also a great time to start thinking about planning what we can do in our own gardens to create a bee friendly habitat for next year and the Bumblebee Trust has some simple advice for helping bees.


If you are looking for a field guide and more information about bees Steven Falk a naturalist, artist and photographer has published a fantastic guide to British bees (Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain & Ireland, Bloomsbury 2015). Details can be found on his website.

Bombus distinguendus, Great yellow bumblebee, male worker, bee, yellow, hawkweed, Machair, North Uist, Outer Hebrides
A male Great yellow bumblebee worker on a hawkweed flower

Happy bee watching!



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