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  Bumblebees in danger
Updated 16 May 2003, 09.08
Some Bumblebees are facing extinction
You may not like bumblebees cos they can sting you, but the buzzy ones are under threat.

One type of bee is nearly extinct in the UK, and most other species are in danger.

In fact, their numbers have dropped rapidly over the past 70 years.

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Fact File
Bumblebees
Not all of them sting - the small, males ones have no sting at all
They're less aggressive than honey bees
They only produce tiny amounts of honey
Their biggest enemies are man and pesticides
They don't die if they do sting someone

It's because farmers use more pesticides these days, and because there aren't so many crops which rely on being pollinated by insects.

This means there aren't as many plants around which bees need to survive.

Now the National Trust and English Nature are calling on gardeners to help the bees by planting lots of flowers that the buzzy bumbles like.

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