A rare insect takes hold at Highland Wildlife Park

The Scabious mining bee is on the rise at Highland Wildlife Park. Photo: RZSS.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has completed its first-ever survey of little mangy mining bees at Highland Wildlife Park, following a handful of sightings of the rare insect in previous years.

Working as part of the Rare Invertebrates in the Cairngorms (RIC) partnership, staff at the wildlife conservation charity found a total of 70 bees and discovered important nesting sites when surveying the site by Kincraig.

The count was made in August and earlier this month.

As one of Scotland’s rarest bees, this tiny invertebrate is only found in a handful of places in the Highlands.

It is believed to be threatened due to habitat loss and the Highland Wildlife Park could serve as a vital junction site to connect different populations of this bee within the strath.

An RZSS spokesperson said: “This work with small mangy mining bees is part of the RZSS’s recent commitment to reverse the decline of 50 species by 2030 and the ongoing biodiversity action plan. of the park.

“The plan covers the different ecosystems in the park and is designed to enhance the chances of native species thriving there.”

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