By Sophie, 03rd Aug 2023
We are ‘buzzing’ with this un-bee-lievable news from Bryngarw Park Volunteer Group!
Our meadows are now home to the Downland Villa bee-fly (Villa modesta), which in Wales is known only from Monmouthshire.
It was formerly a very rare species that was presumed extinct in Britain as recently as 2000 but was rediscovered in the Cotswolds.
Their good finds didn’t stop there, they also found the European red-listed Flat-ridged Nomad bee (Nomada obtusifrons) alongside its host, the Small-flecked Mining bee (Andrena coitana).
We are so excited that our meadows and park are home to these special species, as well as at least three other nationally scarce bees: Cat’s-ear Mining Bee (Andrena humilis), Cat’s-ear Nomad Bee (Nomada integra) and Brown-banded Carder Bee (Bombus humilis).
Thank you to our hard-working rangers and volunteers for managing these grasslands to these rare species can thrive!
Let us know if you spot them while visiting us by tagging us on social media: