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Why has the UK's wet summer been bad for bees?

By Philip Donkersley, Senior Research Associate in Entomology, Lancaster University
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This year will be remembered in the UK for its extremely heavy downpours. Intense summer storms resulted in some places exceeding twice their average rainfall. These wet summers make life even harder for bees, who are already struggling with land-use intensification, chemical exposure, exotic species, climate change and habitat destruction.

Wild bees (for example bumblebees…


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