The black bee

From 1st January next year, two Scottish islands, Colonsay and Oronsay, will become legally protected reserves for Britain's only native honey bee. Apis mellifera mellifera, the 'black bee', is a hardy species, and there are currently around 50 colonies being kept on the islands. To protect them from cross-breeding and diseases it will soon be an offence to keep any other species there.

To find out more about the bees, click on the image below.