Bee-eater, Eurasian (Merops apiaster)
In 1955 seven Bee-eaters were raised in the UK, in Sussex. More recently most nesting attempts have failed, including the most recent at East Leake Cemex Quarry, Nottinghamshire. However, there have been notable successes, especially the eight chicks raised in 2014 on the Isle of Wight.
Where to see them
Eurasian Bee-eaters can be seen throughout Europe, except the north. These photos were taken on Lesvos, where they announced their arrival loud and long, and in France.
When to see them
Summer months. They overwinter in tropical Africa.
What they eat
Bees, wasps, hornets and other insects. They particularly like Honey bees but have no impact on the efficacy of the local population.