Monthly Archives: February 2015

British Beekeepers’ Association to stop endorsing bee-killing pesticides

Beekepers’ group ends commercial relationship with pesticide manufacturer whose product killed bees. The British Beekeepers’ Association hastoday announced plans to end its controversial practice of endorsing pesticides in return for cash from leading chemical manufacturers. The endorsement of four products … Continue reading

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Bees share false memories muddle

  Bumblebees can be muddled by false memories in the same way as humans, a study has found. It is the first time the phenomenon has been demonstrated in a non-human species. The fact that it can affect an insect … Continue reading

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Beekeepers in Australia invent ‘revolutionary’ hive

Father and son from Australia spent a decade inventing a plastic hive with a tap for collecting honey – then sold over £1 million worth in 24 hours Two beekeepers in Australia have invented what is believed to be the … Continue reading

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Growers advised to improve pollination

Studies carried out to identify which pollinators visit which fruit crop flowers and how frequently.   With more efficient fruit pollination potentially raising productivity by 16 per cent, growers should be aware of creatures that pollinate their crops and how … Continue reading

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Urban habitats ‘provide haven’ for bees

Britain’s urban areas are home to more types of wild bee than farmland, a study has found.   Flowers planted in gardens and allotments provide a valuable food source for bees across the year, according to research. Scientists counted honey … Continue reading

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Swindon helps prove that bees thrive in towns and cities

THE plight of the humble bee has been well documented. Honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinating insects are under threat from some pesticides, disease and loss of habitat – our wildflower-rich grasslands, a prime habitat for pollinators, have declined … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Gifts Adopt A Hive

Valentine’s Day Gifts Adopt A Hive Our busy little black and yellow friends are vital to our well-being, as they pollinate the plants that we grow for food, but, our Honey bees are in crisis. Their population is dwindling at an … Continue reading

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Stressed bees ‘behind decline’

STRESSED young bees that are forced to grow up too fast could largely account for disastrous declines in populations of the insects around the world, research suggests. Bees usually begin foraging at two to three weeks old but when older … Continue reading

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