An “international rescue mission” to tackle Britain’s pollination crisis has suffered a setback after a shipment of bees due to be imported into the country died just days before their release.
Natural England, the government’s countryside agency, chose the short-haired bumblebees from New Zealand because they were originally from the UK, but have since become extinct in their homeland.
But less than two weeks before the selected bees were due to be flown over and released on Friday, scientists say they have died in hibernation.
This seems odd. The bees are originally from England. The only reason they’re in New Zealand is because people managed to transport the bees there back in the 19th century. If we can’t do today what our ancestors managed over a hundred years ago, what does that say about us?