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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bee crisis: warmer summers will help new parasite

An exotic parasite is spreading through the world’s honey bees and global warming is making it worse, writes Robert Paxton. A new study that shows it will soon be causing widespread colony collapse in North America and Europe. All animals … Continue reading

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Save pollinators with attractive subsidies and more bee-friendly trees

If Defra was really serious about saving pollinators, it would be greening its Smith Square roof for abundant forage.   The government’s pollinator strategy aims to encourage everyone to do their bit to help bees and other pollinators. Urging us … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Very rare bees found on new Cornish Bartinney Nature Reserve

  Two very rare species of bee have been discovered on the new Bartinney Nature Reserve near Sennen in west Penwith, reports the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. The tormentil nomad bee (Nomada robertjeotiana) is so rare that it is only currently known at … Continue reading

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Wildflower meadow protection plan ‘backfires’

  A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog Natural England. Some 98% of English meadows have been lost to intensive farming, but the rate of loss nearly doubled after the … Continue reading

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Lincolnshire unites on action to save bees

  Lincolnshire farmers, nature campaigners, politicians, businesses and individuals are coming together to discuss action to save the county’s bees at a public meeting on Thursday 11 September, organised by Friends of the Earth. People interested in finding out about … Continue reading

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Bees join birdies as focus at Guelph golf course

GUELPH — Golfers might be wondering what all the buzz is about at Cutten Fields Golf Club this spring and summer. The historic College Avenue private club has teamed up with seed and crop product multinational Syngenta to increase the … Continue reading

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CO-OP SUPPORT CREATES A BUZZ FOR BEEKEEPING BUSINESS

A Suffolk bee farmer is enjoying huge business success and has been provided with a long-term route to market for his honey, thanks to the support and involvement of the East of England Co-op. The regional supermarket chain identified Great … Continue reading

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The buzz about bees

When Rosalie Gabbert met her husband, Benson, she didn’t know a thing about bees. So she never would have expected that 56 years later she would publish a children’s book about the “Father of American Beekeeping.” Once upon a time, … Continue reading

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Stinging claims on healing honey

The $120 million manuka honey industry is bracing for a critical BBC expose of “counterfeit” products, which some producers fear could cause irreparable damage to their reputation. The BBC was in New Zealand last week interviewing for its documentary, expected … Continue reading

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