bees

Bees are flying insects, they are best known for pollination, in the production of honey and beeswax. They are found in every habitat that contain insect-pollinated flowering plants.

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Bees and neonicotinoids

Study claims pesticides could harm bees

Neonicotinoids, often known as neonics, are chemical ingredients used in some garden and agricultural insecticides. They are systemic, meaning that they’re absorbed into cells throughout a plant – making all…

Suttons launches Wildlife Sanctuary seed range

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…

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Build a house for Mason bees

  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…

Bee numbers are in serious decline (credit: Friends of the Earth)

Neonic sprays don’t harm bees, says BBKA

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…

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Neonicotinoids: AG staff debate bees and sprays

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.…

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Monty Don’s anger at no ban on neonicotinoids

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…

Many retailers have been reviewing their pesticide offer

Now Wilkinson stops selling neonicotinoids

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 –…

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Soil Association calls for chemical ban

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…

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Gardeners pledge to help honey bees survive

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…