I was amazed when I read that the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust amongst others had got into hot water with some bumble bee loving Swedes.
I am a member of the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust (http://www.bumblebeeconservation.org.uk/) which is based in Stirling University, Scotland and I think they are wonderful.
What amused me is that so many people seem to have such an attachment to these little, furry creatures. Childhood memories? Association with balmy summer days?
Happily the Swedes have been reassured and the Brits have got their short haired bumble bee (Bombus subterraneus) and I wish them well in trying to re-establish this species which is now extinct in the U.K. The bumble bee has a tough time in the U.K. several bumble bee species have become extinct in the U.K. primarily due to loss of habitat.