Brian the bumblebee’s unexpected adventures in a Harold Wood garden

PUBLISHED: 12:14 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:53 10 August 2016

Brian the bumble bee

Brian the bumble bee


The life of Brian the bumblebee has taken an unexpected turn of events last week.

Brian the bumble beeBrian the bumble bee

Brian the bumblebee was rescued by Terry Keens on Sunday after landing on the patio of her house in Harold Wood, unable to fly away again.

Seemingly restless, Mrs Keens, 63, decided to try and feed the bee hoping it would build up its strength and fly away.

She did not expect her improvised guest would stay in her garden for the next five days.

Feeding the bumblebee she named Brian a mixture of water and honey with a flat spoon, she expected Brian to fly away – but he didn’t.

“I asked for advice online and someone said he may have damaged his wing. But he was buzzing around the lawn and I was afraid of stepping on him after all that time. I had started to help him and I couldn’t stop now.”

“He was a fighter - you had to give him a chance,

Protecting him from the rain with a piece of pottery, Mrs Keens continued to feed Brian for four more days up to twice a day before bringing him to the South Essex Wildlife Hospital.

The charity, which takes in sick or injured wildlife and tries to release them back in the wild when possible, agreed to take Brian into their apiary.

A spokeswoman from the hospital said Brian’s wings were not broken and that he was doing well but it will take some time for him to recover.

Mrs Keens told the Recorder she wanted to plant more wildlife flowers in her garden to provide the bees with natural pollen.

“I learnt so much about bees. With all the petitions and websites about saving our bees and the decline of the bumble bee population, I couldn’t just stop feeding him.

“People are taking them for granted but they need to be protected. It doesn’t take much to help a bee,” she said.

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