Back from the brink

A bumble bee on <i><figcaption id=Echium gentianoides” width=”150″ height=”150″ class=”size-thumbnail wp-image-2725″ /> A bumble bee on Echium gentianoides

In 1988 the National Parks service performed a census of native species on La Palma and many of the results were horrifying. This plant, a type of Viper’s Bugloss, was down to just 50 specimens. So they started planting them inside rabbit and goat-proof fences. It worked, and there’s lots of them in bloom all around the observatory now. Lunch time for bees, bumblebees and butterflies!

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