Tag Archives: Food

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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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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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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Results reveal high crop for honey bees in South East

Beekeepers in the South East of England produced the second highest amount of honey in the country, a new survey revealed today. British Beekeepers Association’s annual Honey Survey reported an average yield of 36 lbs per colony in the region … 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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Allotments are best for supporting bees, citizen science project finds

  Allotments are better than parks or roadsides for bees, a leading bee expert has said, following the results of the first Great British Bee Count. Bumble bee expert professor Dave Goulson said that parks and roadsides need improving, following … 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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