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The incredible secret life of London’s bees

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How are London‘s bumblebees like the city’s cabbies and the Queen’s guard? Get an incredible, up-close look at how bees can thrive in a bustling city, sometimes flying up to seven miles a day to look for food. “That’s the equivalent of a human circumnavigating the globe ten times just to get to the shops and back.”

This BBC clip from Cities: Nature’s New Wild reveals the hidden spaces and the treasure trove of gardens that this singular city provides. Update: Regional settings were changed on the original video. You can watch it here, too:

More than a billion people around the world commute into cities each day, and they are not alone. The world’s wildlife is commuting too. A steady flow of animals journey in and out of cities to find food and shelter or to start a family. Leaving the wilderness they must overcome the unique challenges that the urban world throws at them to benefit from the opportunities on offer. This episode explores whether the secret to an animal’s success in this fast-changing world is to keep one foot in the wild and one in the city, becoming a wild commuter.

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Watch more videos in London and learn more about bees. Plus: A bumblebee dislodges pollen in slow-mo, the first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds, and do cities need more green roofs? (They do.)

More hidden London: The Solitary Life of Cranes, a trailer.

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