Carvell, C. et al

Family lineage and landscape quality data for wild bumblebee colonies across an agricultural landscape in Buckinghamshire, U.K.

Family lineage relationships between spring queens, daughter workers and sister queens of three bumblebee species (Bombus terrestris, B. lapidarius and B. pascuorum) collected across the Hillesden Estate, Buckinghamshire, UK, between spring 2011 and spring 2012. A combination of land-use and habitat surveys, molecular genetics and spatial modelling was used to estimate the locations of wild colonies represented by greater than 1 worker and to calculate the proportions of cover represented by different habitat quality and land-use variables within four spatial scales from each colony location. Data were collected as part of a project led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative.

Publication date: 2016-07-07

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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Carvell, C.; Bourke, A.F.G.; Dreier, S.; Freeman, S.N.; Hulmes, S.; Jordan, W.C.; Redhead, J.W.; Wang, J.; Sumner, S.; Heard, M.S. (2016). Family lineage and landscape quality data for wild bumblebee colonies across an agricultural landscape in Buckinghamshire, U.K.. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


© UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, University of Bristol, ZSL Institute of Zoology, University of East Anglia


Study area
Temporal extent
2012-03-21    to    2012-05-02

Provenance & quality

Bumblebee DNA was sampled non-lethally, stored, extracted and genotyped using recognised standard protocols (Dreier et al., 2014). The program COLONY v.2.0 was used to assign workers to full-sib groups and identify mother or sister queens from the same family lineages (with a genotyping error rate of 0-5% based on results of re-genotyping 10% of randomly selected individuals and scoring errors). Data were checked for errors at all stages by staff at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and at the Institute of Zoology. Analyses arising from the worker-only and landscape quality data have been peer reviewed and published in Molecular Ecology (Dreier et al., 2014; doi:10.1111/mec.12823) and Ecological Applications (Redhead et al., 2016; doi:10.1890/15-0546).


This dataset is included in the following collections

Insect Pollinators Initiative datasets

Supplemental information

This dataset is referenced in:

Carvell, C., Bourke, A. F. G., Dreier, S., Freeman, S. N., Hulmes, S., Jordan, W. C., … Heard, M. S. (2017). Bumblebee family lineage survival is enhanced in high-quality landscapes. Nature, 543(7646), 547–549.

Correspondence/contact details

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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OX10 8BB


Carvell, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bourke, A.F.G.
University of East Anglia
Dreier, S.
ZSL Institute of Zoology
Freeman, S.N.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hulmes, S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Jordan, W.C.
ZSL Institute of Zoology
Redhead, J.W.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wang, J.
ZSL Institute of Zoology
Sumner, S.
University of Bristol
Heard, M.S.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Bombus lapidarius Bombus pascuorum Bombus terrestris Buckinghamshire Insect Pollinators Initiative,  IPI,  Pollinators Sustainable land management
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:36