Honey Bee Apis mellifera (Linnaeus, 1758)
The familiar Honey Bee is well known to most, but this former very common species is now becoming increasingly less so. Many former wild nests we have known, have now either completely died out or possibly relocated to new nest sites. Two former Eakring nests disappeared years ago and we now know of only two in Sherwood Forest area. The main threat to the Honey Bee is through the Varroa destructor Mite, which arrived in the UK over a decade ago and Colony Collapse Disorder. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has yet to be identified in the UK, but is thought likely to be present and is now widespread in America and parts of Europe. The number of colonies being lost has steadily increased since 2001, due to the mite becoming resistant to all available treatments. The two photographs featuring a swarm of Honey Bees, were taken in 2009 by Gary Joynt.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Apis mellifera
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Richard Rogers. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Martin Harvey. Nottingham City Council. Sean Tobin. Liam Andrews. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Pauline Bradford. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Wil Heeney. NBGRC. Peter Acton. Damian Taylor. Clumber Park SSSI Saproxylic Invertebrate Survey - A report to Natural England by EMEC Ecology 2019. Dick Makin. David Shaw.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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