Monthly Archives: April 2015

Invasion of tough European bumblebees could wipe out their weaker British cousins, scientists warn

Since arriving in the UK from continental Europe 13 years ago, tree bumblebees have rapidly spread despite them carrying high levels of an infection that normally prevents queen bees from producing colonies, according to new research carried out by Royal … Continue reading

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Bees and Taxes Circa. 1817

  Bees and Taxes Circa. 1817 – Swarm of Tax Gatherers (or) Blessings of Britain By Thomas Tegg British households are represented by large straw bee-hives; these are assailed by tax-collectors and their satellites who run through the air in … Continue reading

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Pesticides could lead to shortage of crop pollinators – EU report

* EU restriction on neonicotinoids to be reviewed this year * Value of pollination in Europe seen at 14.6 bln euros BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) – Evidence is mounting that widely-used pesticides harm moths, butterflies and birds as well as … Continue reading

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Farm walk to highlight the importance of all pollinators

While the honey bee plays an important role in pollinating our crops and garden plants, we have at least 1,500 other species of insect pollinators in the UK that play an even greater role in pollination services to growers, writes … Continue reading

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Bee study reopens debate on neonics

  Goulson says bees are exposed to sufficient doses of neonicotinoids to reduce nest growth A bee expert has called into question the basis of the Government’s position on neonicotinoid insecticides, saying the study it cited actually shows the chemicals … Continue reading

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