Big fall in British bee population
Monday 24 August 2009
Nearly a fifth of the UK’s honeybee colonies died last winter, figures from the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) reveal today.
The figure is an improvement on the previous year when almost a third of hives failed to survive the winter, but it is double “acceptable” levels, the BBKA’s president Tim Lovett warned. Across the country an average of 19.2 per cent of colonies died over the winter, with the highest losses in the north of England, where 32.1 per cent perished, and the lowest in the east of England, where 12.8 per cent did not survive.
According to the BBKA, the cold winter encouraged the bees to “cluster”, helping them to survive, while good weather in early spring enabled them to forage for nectar and pollen. The association also believes beekeepers took more care to feed colonies to stop them starving. The BBKA attributed the “continuing high level of colony loss” to diseases.
Bees are estimated to be worth around £200m to the UK economy each year as they pollinate many of the crops grown here. Pesticide use and changesin agriculture and climate have also been blamed for their decline.
Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around
The big thaw: Greenland ice cover is melting away
The climate change paradox: Rainforests are being felled... but the world is getting greener
Climate change: Six major energy companies write to United Nations to request help in setting up carbon pricing scheme
Pester power: The new weapon in the fight against global warming
- 1 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who ran away after argument with her parents
- 5 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
Competitive salary & benefits: MBDA UK Ltd: Whats the opportunity? A pro-act...
Competitive salary & benefits: MBDA UK Ltd: Whats the opportunity? The small...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fabricator welder required for ...
£14564 - £15311 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Inbound Customer Service Adviso...