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Brits take sting out of Swedish bee concerns

Published torsdag 3 maj 2012 kl 10.19
"We were shocked by the reaction"
(5:09 min)
Photo: Jimmy May/Scanpix

The leader of the British bumblebee conservation project told Radio Sweden today how the negative reaction in social media to their efforts to take from southern Sweden 100 queen bees from a species that is extinct in the UK, to reintroduce the species back in England, left some of their researchers afraid to travel here.

Bumblebee Project Officer Nikki Gammans who herself has been threatened on twitter, attended a press conference in Skåne today alongside Annelie Johansson, the region's environment director who was at first misinformed about the project and voiced her concern of its impact on Sweden's own population of short haired bees as well as saying that permission had not been given.

"We were not expecting this reaction. We were shocked because we thought we had spoken to everyone and we received permission for this 18 months ago. There are 30,000 short haired bees in Skåne and we are taking a very small percentage."

Speaking about the abuse on social media, Nikki Gammans said;

"We were slightly concerned for our safety but we are not now and after our meeting with Annelie today everything has been sorted out." 

Annelie Johansson told news agency TT that she was saitisfied that the project would not harm Sweden's population of short haired bees.

"We support the project. A maximum of five queen bees will be taken from each place so it won't harm the bees in Skåne," she said.

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