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Rare bee spotted in Thamesmead

One of the rarest bees in the UK was spotted in Thamesmead this summer.

The Shrill Carder Bee was seen in Southmere Park by CLEVER Cities consultant RSK Wilding while delivering Pollinator Workshops as part of the Making Space for Nature summer programme.
RSK Wilding included the sighting in their biodiversity report for the project and Peabody’s Landscape Activation Manager, Jack Gower, informed the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Bex Cartwright, Senior Conservation Officer at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said: “This is really brilliant news. The habitat creation and management is working and Shrill Carder is responding. I’m delighted for everyone working on this biodiversity enhancement project and for the bee.”

If you spot the bee then contact Making Space for Nature at or if you’d like to get even more involved you can join our volunteer programme to help improve parks for wildlife (and people!).


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