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Volume 708: debated on Monday 23 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action has been taken under the Government's Biodiversity Action Plan to protect those species of bee threatened with extinction. [HL1338]

This UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority list includes 15 species of bee, of which eight species currently occur in England. Work is under way to promote the recovery of these species and their habitats through environmental stewardship and Woodland Grant Schemes. In addition, a project has just begun which aims to reintroduce Bombus subterraneus, which is currently extinct in the UK.