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NZ bees create UK buzz.

Summary: There is some good news for Britain's dwindling bee population as a formerly extinct species is making a comeback.

There is some good news for Britain's dwindling bee population as a formerly extinct species is making a comeback.

The short-haired bumblebee died out here in the UK a decade ago but it managed to survive in New Zealand after being shipped there more than 100 years ago.

Charities and conservation groups have started a scheme to bring the insects home.

They plan to breed some bees over in New Zealand before bringing them to Britain for release at Dungeness in Kent next year.

Experts say the international rescue mission will not only protect short-haired bumblebees, but it will also give existing bee populations, which are under threat and dwindling all the time, a boost.

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Date:Jun 2, 2009
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