Rare bee found at Seaford Head
Published: 31 Jul 2023
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Rare bee at Seaford Head
The Potter Flower Bee is one of the rarest bees in the UK. It is now only found at Seaford Head Nature Reserve and two other locations in Britain. It nests in the cliffs at Seaford Head, making its burrows in the sandy soils that sit on top of the chalk here. Because of this, it is very vulnerable to erosion by the sea.
It is difficult to know how it will fare as our climate changes, but conservation work by the Sussex Wildlife Trust does at least ensure that the nature reserve at Seaford Head provides good quality habitat and a good supply of pollen and nectar.
James Power, author of The Bees of Sussex (published in February 2024), tells us more in his guest blog.