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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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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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Uber-tidy bees defend their hives from disease

For some, cleanliness is next to godliness. For honeybees, which are suffering a major decline, it’s a way of saving the hive from disaster. A naturally-occurring cleaning behaviour protects colonies from harmful parasitic mites, and breeding bees to be more hygienic … 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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What has happened to the Buckfast bees of Millport

A mystery slump in the bee population on the isle of Cumbrae has left the community baffled. Estimates given suggest that upwards of tens of thousands of bees have been killed during the past year. A beekeeping group had been … Continue reading

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Global warming concern for UK bees

  Climate change threatens the survival of the UK’s honey bee population, new academic research has claimed. An exotic parasite which targets the insects is set to flourish in northern Europe if the Earth continues to warm, scientists at Queen’s … Continue reading

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New Scheme Will Pay Farmers to Protect Bees

National Pollinator Strategy Adds Incentives, But No Regulatory Changes The declining population of bees and other pollinators will be addressed by a ten-year government initiative, which may affect the way farmers manage their land. The recently-revealed National Pollinator Strategy includes … 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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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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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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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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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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Small Hive Beetle Detected in South West Italy

On September 11 2014, the Italian National Reference Centre for beekeeping confirmed the first detection of the presence of Small hive beetle (SHB) in South West Italy, in the port city of Gioia Tauro. The samples were taken from a … Continue reading

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Bees create buzz for Castle Stuart Golf Links

  A top Highland golf club has created a buzz by introducing hundreds of rare bumblebees on the course – helping it to win a major sustainability accolade. The conservation work at Castle Stuart Golf Links, which will greet the … 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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Bees ‘prefer city to countryside’

Bumblebees seem to prefer the buzz of the city to the countryside, a large-scale “citizen’s science” study has found.   They also like to have a cool breeze on their backs when foraging, and choose English lavender over the more … 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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Lessons from bees

Bees and children normally have a volatile relationship. The fear of being stung and the increasing number of children with allergic reactions tends to create a unsympathetic environment for the humble bee. But one East Auckland school is going against … 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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Saving the Bees!

On December 21st Beekeepers from the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association (SBBA) were determined to save a hive of bees. The bees escaped from a failed extermination attempt and created a beautiful exposed hive 30 feet in the air. The hive … Continue reading

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Life is sweet

Stung by his knowledge of 50 years’ experience as a bee-keeper, the students, kitted out in their protective clothing, were buzzing around Mr Oosting’s Edgcumbe Beach property to learn everything they could about keeping bees before they returned home to … Continue reading

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