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Hymettus Ltd is the premier source of advice on the conservation of bees, wasps and ants within Great Britain and Ireland.
 
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Hymettus Ltd's  high standing is based on the excellent quality of research that it chooses to fund and the efficient dissemination of the conservation and ecological information that it gathers.

Hymettus holds a significant library of advisory papers and research reports. Over the coming months you will be able to access more of this material from this website.

Latest on the short-haired bumblebee

The third release of queen bees imported from Sweden took place at Dungeness on 19th May 2014.

Nikki Gammans continues to enthuse all regarding the reintroduction of Bombus subterraneus to the UK. Read her blog  and visit the Project's Page


Queen Bombus subterraneus. Photo: Nikki Gammans


Our growing team of volunteers are of enormous value in the contributions that they are making to the project.

Information on Aculeates

A major public benefit provided by Hymettus is the dissemination of information resulting from our research. This is made available, through this website and through printed leaflets, in the form of useful guidance on aculeate conservation. See the Information Sheets page and the Reports page for further details.

Bumblebees of Kent published


The county of Kent has the highest diversity of bumblebee species in the UK. This book aims to provide a comprehensive guide to bumblebee ecology and offers an inclusive introduction to their identification. It discusses the importance of bumblebees, their decline and how we can help. It also includes detailed descriptions of bumblebee ecology and anatomy, followed by identification of each species present in Kent and their distributions. The book costs 9 with all profits going to Kent Field Club and The short-haired bumblebee project. Order here

Gardening for bees

Louise Hislop has written a series of three information sheets providing guidance on making your's a bee friendly garden throughout the year. These supplement the Garden Buzz leaflet  published last year. 

Hylaeus pectoralis, a subject of ongoing research. Photo: Jeremy Early
 

Contact

All enquiries regarding the work of Hymettus Ltd should be directed to the co-ordinator, Paul Lee.

E-mail: paulatarachne@aol.com

Help raise funds to conserve bees wasps and ants


The work of Hymettus is supported by grants from Defra, Natural England and Scottish Natural Heritage. We are also grateful for the donations, large and small, received from private individuals and from organisations that together enable us to continue our work.