Keith and Wendy Alexander (of Sussex Moth Group fame) have kindly sent me some photographs of Bumblebees visiting Mahonia flowers in their garden at Bexhill. These are Buff-Tailed bumblebees (Bombus Terrestris spp) and colonies of these bumblebees are regularly recorded in the southern half of the UK during the winter, despite the previous two very cold winters. For more information click the link below. Winter active Bumblebees
With thanks to Wendy and Keith Alexander for the pictures and to Rod Taylor who brought this to my attention.