Carvell, C. et al

Location data of worker bumblebees across an agricultural landscape in Buckinghamshire, UK

This dataset contains locations of worker bumblebees of five species (Bombus terrestris, B. lapidarius, B. pascuorum, B. hortorum, B. ruderatus) across an agricultural landscape centred on the Hillesden Estate, Buckinghamshire, UK. Locations were recorded in the field using a handheld GPS unit. Workers were non-lethally DNA sampled between June and August 2011, and genetic analysis used to confirm species and assign individuals to full-sib groups (colonies). Data were collected as part of a project led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative.

Publication date: 2014-08-26

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

Format of the dataset : Shape file

You must cite: Carvell, C.; Bourke, A.F.G.; Dreier, S.; Heard, M.S.; Jordan, W.C.; Sumner, S.; Wang, J.; Redhead, J.W. (2014). Location data of worker bumblebees across an agricultural landscape in Buckinghamshire, UK. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2011-06-20    to    2011-08-05

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.
Redhead, J. W., Dreier, S., Bourke, A. F. G., Heard, M. S., Jordan, W. C., Sumner, S., … Carvell, C. (2016). Effects of habitat composition and landscape structure on worker foraging distances of five bumble bee species. Ecological Applications, 26(3), 726–739.

Provenance & quality

Worker locations were recorded in the field using a handheld GPS (Garmin Etrex 10, accurate to 3m). Worker bumblebee DNA was sampled non-lethally, stored, extracted, genotyped and individuals assigned to species and full-sib groups (colonies) using recognised standard protocols. Data were checked for errors at all stages by staff at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and at the Institute of Zoology.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Claire Carvell
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
OX10 8BB
United Kingdom


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

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Biota , Farming
Bombus hortorum Bombus lapidarius Bombus pascuorum Bombus ruderatus Bombus terrestris Buckinghamshire bumblebee,  bumble bee,  Common Carder Bee,  Insect Pollinators Initiative,  Pollinators
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