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Posts Tagged ‘bees’


Suttons launches Wildlife Sanctuary seed range

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Suttons is set to launch a new seed range, designed to help Britain’s declining band of pollinators to survive. 
New for 2014, Suttons’ Wildlife Sanctuary range will encompass flowers, vegetables and herbs. Seeds have been chosen to provide nectar and pollen all year-round for beneficial insects.
Honey bee populations have declined heavily across Europe over the past decade – and no-one knows why.
Pesticides,…

New pollination fears as a third of honey bee colonies die out

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A third of Britain’s honey bee colonies died out last winter – prompting fresh fears of a pollination crisis for our flowers and vegetables.
Bee losses over the winter of 2012 to 2013 were more than double that of the previous winter, despite a surge in back garden beekeeping.
According to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), an average of 33.8 colonies in…

Build a house for Mason bees

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Michelle shows you how to make a bee hotel for Mason bees

Carefully saw a 36 x 4 x 1/2in (105 x 10 x 1.5cm) plank of untreated wood into 2 x 12in (30cm) lengths and 2 x 8in 20cm lengths

Drill two holes into the edges of each 12in (30cm)  piece and attach the 8in (20cm) pieces using 11/4in (3cm) No…

Neonic sprays don’t harm bees, says BBKA

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Gardeners who have been ditching chemicals in a bid to save stricken honey bees may have been wasting their time.
In a shock move, the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA), which represents 24,000 amateur beekeepers, said is not convinced that controversial neonicotinoid garden insecticides are responsible for honey bee decline.
“There is no evidence we have seen of damage to honey bees from…

Neonicotinoids: AG staff debate bees and sprays

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Environment groups claim certain insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, are leading to the decline of bees, which pollinate many vital food crops. The chemicals remain legal and approved for garden use. But the issue has divided gardeners – including AG’s writers. Here, three of the magazine’s staff state their personal opinions on neonicotinoids.
 
Tim Rumball, Editor of AG – “NO BAN ON NEONICOTINOIDS” 
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Monty Don’s anger at no ban on neonicotinoids

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Gardeners’ Worldpresenter Monty Don has slammed an EU decision not to ban garden sprays that campaigners have linked with bee decline.
“I am incandescent about the government’s shameful decision not to ban neonicotinoid insecticides,” Monty wrote on his blog.
“The fact that there is any doubt at all about their safety to the bee population should give them long pause for thought until…

Now Wilkinson stops selling neonicotinoids

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Environment campaigners say retailers have rallied behind their campaign to strip store shelves of sprays linked to bee decline.
Up to 2,000 outlets have removed neonicotinoids (neonics) from sale – even though they remain legal and approved to use.
“The retailer side of the campaign has been extremely fruitful,” said Friends of the Earth (FoE) campaigner Neil Verlander.
Products pulled from many stores…

Soil Association calls for chemical ban

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The Soil Association has clashed with a chemical firm after calling on the government to ban sprays it claims are killing off honey and bumble bees.
Campaigners told the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee last month that neonicotinoids, an ingredient in some garden and farm sprays, have a “damaging impact” on beneficial insects.
“There is strong evidence that neonicotinoids are responsible…

Gardeners pledge to help honey bees survive

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Gardeners are pledging to plant bee-friendly flowers in 2013, environment campaigners have claimed.
Friends of the Earth (FoE) found that 62 per cent of adults who had a garden or window box wanted to help stricken honey bees.
Bees have suffered catastrophic colony collapse across Europe in recent years and no-one knows why.
Habitat loss, pesticide use, the Varroa mite and climate change…

Product profile – bumblebee lodge with live bees

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We can all do our bit to encourage greater numbers of bumblebees to help pollinate fruit, veg and flowers. So how about giving a hive a purpose built home. The Beepol lodge, made from FSC wood, comes ready assembled with entry and exit holes. All you need do is choose a secluded spot or a tree to site it. Use…