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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Allotments make perfect habitats for bees

Allotments are the best habitat for bees

Allotments offer the best habitats for bees, according to the results of the first Great British Bee Count. But parks and roadside verges need improving to make them more bee-friendly,…

The National Pollinator Strategy aims to help bees

National pollinator strategy is launched

The plan, unveiled by environment secretary Liz Truss, calls on gardeners to let lawns grow longer, and urges councils to plant wildflowers on roadside verges. It’s aimed at reversing a…

A bumble bee foraging for pollen

Are natural toxins harming bees?

Pollinators can unwittingly weaken or kill their broods by gathering low levels of toxins from pollen in plants such as lupins, according to research at the University of Greenwich. Professor…

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.…