Monthly Archives: October 2014

Allotments are best for supporting bees, citizen science project finds

  Allotments are better than parks or roadsides for bees, a leading bee expert has said, following the results of the first Great British Bee Count. Bumble bee expert professor Dave Goulson said that parks and roadsides need improving, following … Continue reading

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Good autumn has kept bees busy collecting pollen

The very good weather in October has given honey bees plenty of opportunity to collect pollen and nectar from any plants still in bloom. Dahlia, cosmos and ivy in the garden are being exploited to the full. Viburnum ‘Dawn’ is … Continue reading

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Clover comeback? ‘Bee lawns’ gaining favour

Turf grass may be an attractive ground cover for home owners but it doesn’t hold much appeal for pollinators. Add some broadleaf plants with flowers to the mix, however, and it’s a different story: great forage for the birds and … Continue reading

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North Tyneside Council gets effort underway to protect and preserve bees

Bees in North Tyneside will enjoy a boost thanks to a new project. Recent decades have seen a decline in the number of bees across the country. But now North Tyneside Council has made a commitment to ensure the future … Continue reading

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Could Alderney save the honey bee?

Over the last decade there’s been growing concern for the humble honey bee. Changes to the countryside and agricultural techniques are a factor but also disease has hit colonies hard … Except in Alderney. The island is reportedly one of … Continue reading

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Ivy bees share bankside bar as flowers turn to teacup fruits

  Autumn drinkers at the ivy were a well-mannered lot, for they did not jostle or eat each other. There was plenty to go round, and bees, wasps and hoverflies alike swarmed around the flowers in a harmonious buzz. The … Continue reading

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World renowned expert warns of new threat to honey bees

Delegates at the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers’ annual conference heard of a new threat to honey bees coming from the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida). The beetle which is indigenous to Africa, was first found in the USA in … Continue reading

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Hornets

Hornets are less aggressive than many more frequently encountered wasp species. in spite of their fearsome reputation, they generally only sting in defence of their nest or when something picks them up and their stings are no more dangerous to … Continue reading

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Meet Brixton’s street artists

Louis Masai, Saltoun Road This intriguing depiction of a bee has an important message at its heart. The bee population has been in mysterious and sudden decline since the late 1990s, which is a problem because because bees don’t just … Continue reading

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Citizen science – from studying bees or seaweed to solar storm-watching

The range of projects that you and your family can get involved with is staggering, and the potential rewards are immense. ‘The whole family became obsessed’ “Bumblebees are my second favourite insect,” says Connor Abrams, aged 7. He prefers spiders … Continue reading

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Bees, birds may suffer long-term consequences from common pesticides

A raft of new research published over the summer is posing ever more serious questions about whether neonicotinoids, the most common insecticides in the world, are affecting birds and bees more widely than previously thought. The research is looking into … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids ‘5000 times more toxic’ than DDT for bees

A UK academic at the annual conference of the Soil Association has strengthened the case for the EU-wide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, revealing mounting evidence of their deadly effects on essential pollinators. Speaking at the event, Dave Goulson of the … Continue reading

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Bee Summit in Cornwall

Beekeepers, environmentalists and academics will heading to the Royal Cornwall Showground today to discuss the decline in bee populations. The Cornwall Bee Summit will look at best practice on pollination,beekeeping and land management.   The event is being chaired by … Continue reading

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Nicola Is Buzzing After Interest In Bumble Bees Leads To New Job

Nicola Rowley’s concern about the falling number of bumble bees set her off on a journey that has ended up with her “dream job” at a specialist plants centre in Shrewsbury. Her interest in horticulture began through membership of the … Continue reading

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Cornerhouse’s balcony bees add buzz to green awards

CITY entertainment complex the Cornerhouse has always been buzzing with activity – and that’s before 60,000 bees moved in. The insects are making their home on a third floor balcony, in a new bee-friendly vegetable garden which produces sustainable food … Continue reading

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Hiver honey beer adds one MILLION more worker bees to make the tipple

A brewer has hired more than a million worker BEES to help brew – HONEY beer. Hannah Rhodes, 30, uses honey from scores of hives scattered around the capital to brew Hiver – a blonde beer already proving popular with … Continue reading

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Scandinavia: Cool designs, hot property

On the roof of Gothenburg’s newest hotel, two hives of bees are busy processing the nectar from the late summer flowers 25 stories below. They were installed by executive chef Krister Dahl, who wants their honey for his breakfast recipes … Continue reading

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How a swarm of angry wasps nearly killed me: GAVAN NADEN was just mowing the lawn… then horror struck

  Frankly, if anyone had ever told me that cutting the lawn could be life-threatening, I’d have laughed into their Pimm’s. Mowing is one of those long-winded jobs that can bring a smile to your face. The aroma of freshly … Continue reading

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Tried & Tested: Bee Sting facial at Hairven, Gedling

  WITH its many hair stations, shelves of products and bustling atmosphere, the Hairven salon in Gedling is a slice of city luxury away from the centre. I was invited down to the salon to try out their popular Bee … Continue reading

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The honey diet

Drop a dress size for the party season by having a spoonful of honey before bed – and following our delicious recipes   Honey has a unique combination of natural sugars This makes it a near-perfect weight-loss food The honey … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoid ban hit UK farmers hard

Bugs devour rapeseed crop in Britain as EU ban on pesticide to save bees comes into force   Peter Kendall surveys his crop of oilseed rape. At this time of year, he should usually be looking at healthy green cotyledons … Continue reading

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Mexican Beekeepers vs Monsanto

  Mexican Beekeepers Win Big! I saw this story on the web today and thought it important to post. It’s amazing to me how other countries including developing countries know the dangers that Neonicotinoids and other pesticides cause their farmers. … Continue reading

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