Tag Archives: Agriculture

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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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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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  A bid to safeguard endangered wildflower meadows has backfired, according to an unpublished report by the watchdog Natural England.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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Seasons of pain and gain

A SERIES of bushfires ripped through the south-east of the state in the early part of the year, which wreaked havoc on farmland. The state’s agricultural industry and wider community were quick to lend a hand in any way they … Continue reading

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2013 Wasn’t a Good Year for Honey Production

Early estimates suggest last year’s honey production was down more than 30 percent. The dismal numbers are partially due to problems that have been plaguing honeybees for several years. The insects are dying at alarming rates, and scientists say some … Continue reading

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Keeping Honeybees Can Be a Great Hobby

Have you ever considered keeping honeybees? Trade in a few hours to see if this hobby is in your future. The honeybee is a fascinating and beneficial insect, but the stresses of modern agriculture are making life difficult for 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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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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Athreb Mountain: Where scenery and honey are redefined

ABHA – Athreb Mountain is one of the highest in the Asir region. Standing at 2,200 meters above sea level, it has always been an important tourist attraction because of the mesmerizing scenery, serenity and beautiful weather. Its strategic location overlooks … Continue reading

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Saudi spray jets destroy bees instead of locusts

Saudi planes spraying insecticides to destroy large swarms of locusts invading many parts of the Gulf Kingdom accidentally exterminated millions of bees in nearly 850 hives in just one area, prompting farmers to demand damages. Farmers inspecting their hives after … Continue reading

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