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Sweet taste of success for Lyreco’s latest environmental project

One of the UK’s biggest providers of workplace supplies is sweetening its environmental credentials at its Shropshire base with a new project to boost Britain’s ailing honey bee population. Lyreco has introduced three beehives at its national distribution centre in … Continue reading

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Honeybees’ buzzing can shed light on Queen’s fertility, study finds

The buzzing of bees can provide beekeepers with crucial information about the fertility of the queen in the hive, according to a new study which could play a key role in helping to preserve honeybee colonies. Research led by scientists … Continue reading

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Waggle Dance Detectives

It isn’t often that we have the pleasure of meeting and hearing a real expert. I attended a talk recently by Professor Ratniek of Sussex University. It was organised by local beekeepers. They all knew a thing or two. But … Continue reading

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Bees found farming fungus for first time to feed larvae

Flowers are not enough, it seems. For the first time, bees have been discovered farming fungus to provide extra food for their larvae. Though farming is well known in many social insects, such as ants and termites, bees have always … Continue reading

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Argentine Ants Carry Virus Deadly to Honeybees

The Argentine ant, already known as one of the world’s most widespread and damaging pests, may be infecting honeybees with a deadly virus, a new study finds. Alexandra Sebastien, a biologist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, analyzed … Continue reading

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Adopt modern techniques, local bee farmers urged

Ugandan bee farmers have been urged to seek advice from entomology officers in their districts to help them in the bee-keeping projects. Entomology involves the studying insects scientifically. The call was made by an agriculture ministry official during the launch … Continue reading

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Eco projects that don’t cost the earth

Syngenta Operation Pollinator Environmental Award Winner, Anthony Darker, hasn’t been resting on his laurels at Elsham Golf Club in Lincolnshire. He has continued to develop a whole range of eco projects that has served to further enhance the environmental value … Continue reading

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Royal Mail bee stamps

We think these new Royal Mail bee stamps are brilliant! Since May 2014, the British Beekeepers Association (the organisation behind Friends of the Honey Bee) has been working with the Royal Mail to produce a new range of stamps featuring … Continue reading

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Rare bee causes a buzz at reserve

Rare bee causes a buzz at reserve Visitors to Norfolk and Cambridgeshire can see Ruderal bumblebees on the reserve at WWT Welney Wetland Centre this summer – a species which is scarce in the UK. The bees are visiting the … Continue reading

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Bumblebees Observed Flying Differently When Carrying Either Pollen or Nectar

Bumblebees Observed Flying Differently When Carrying Either Pollen or Nectar The research shows that bumblebees have the ability to carry more than half their body mass in pollen, and nearly all of their body mass in nectar. According to data … Continue reading

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Glenn Springthorpe: Attracting insects to your garden

Glenn Springthorpe: Attracting insects to your garden Glenn Springthorpe, manager at the city council’s Woodthorpe Grange Nursery, on the plants which will attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Here at the nursery we’re now into the next production phase … Continue reading

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Wrecked beehives given a buzz again after grant towards wildflower garden

Wrecked beehives given a buzz again after grant towards wildflower garden   A COMMUNITY beehive project which was wrecked by vandals has received a £1,386 grant towards the cost of planting bee-enticing wild flowers. Avondale Community Beekeepers has been awarded … Continue reading

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7 ways to protect our honey bees

7 ways to protect our honey bees The 10th July celebrates ‘National Don’t Step On A Bee Day’ – but what does that mean for our buzzing friends? Did you know that bees are an essential part of our eco-system … Continue reading

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More than 14% of England’s honeybee colonies died over winter

More than 14% of England’s honeybee colonies died over winter More than 14% of England’s honeybee colonies died over the winter, the latest research from the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) has found. The BBKA’s annual survey of beekeepers across England’s … Continue reading

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Fathers day – Adopt A Hive

Fathers day – 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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Vandals wreck community beehives hours after insects are installed

Vandals wreck community beehives hours after insects are installed POLICE are hunting vandals who wrecked community beehives costing thousands of pounds just hours after they were installed, and a reward of £5,000 has been offered by one local resident for … Continue reading

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Let dandelions grow. Bees, beetles and birds need them

Dandelions are demonised as one of the most pernicious weeds, but hold back on the mowing and you’ll find a whole range of garden wildlife depends on them for food, writes Kate Bradbury A few weeks ago I walked past … Continue reading

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Adopt A Hive Swarm Rescue

Adopt A Hive Swarm Rescue 4/5/2015  First swarm this year.   At 5 pm this evening the phone rung, ( Ring Ring Ring ), do you rescue bees?, yes we do .. there are bees on our fence ( I … 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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Best bee-havior: Micro-trackers glued onto bees to monitor travels

  A group of ecologists at Kew Gardens in London are testing a miniscule new tracker designed to monitor the behavior of bees. The trackers are made from off-the-shelf technology initially designed to track pallets in a warehouse, said the … Continue reading

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THE HONEY BEES REWARD.

THE HONEY BEES REWARD. Upon a summer early morn, The sun dazzling like gemstones through the trees, It’s warming glow follows the chill of dawn, I hear the forest whisper in the gentle breeze. When from the corner of my … Continue reading

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Viruses threaten wild bumblebees

  Several viruses associated with managed honeybees may pose a widespread risk to bumblebees in the wild, according to latest research. It identified five viruses from both wild bumblebees and managed honeybees at 26 sites across Great Britain. Previously research … Continue reading

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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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