Bees ‘get hooked’ on neonicotinoids

Bees ‘get hooked’ on neonicotinoids

A new study has shown that bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food – a behaviour showing possible symptoms of addiction A team from Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London showed that while bees initially avoid neonicotinoid-treated food, as they become increasingly familiar with it, they develop a preference for it. Lead researcher Dr Richard Gill, from…
To bee or not to bee...

To bee or not to bee…

This isn’t ‘much ado about nothing’… the bee population is vital for the future of the planet, say nature campaigners There really is no question about it, bees are one of the most vital components of the eco-system and in the past five years there has been a shocking decline in their population of over one-third. There are many reasons…
Councils urged to adopt pollinator action plans

Councils urged to adopt pollinator action plans

Friends of the Earth and Buglife are urging councils to do more to help Britain’s bees Friends of the Earth and Buglife are urging councils to do more to help Britain’s bees, after a survey found that only two English county councils have comprehensive pollinator action plans in place. Policies such as cutting roadside verges less frequently aren’t just good…
Gardeners ID best plants for bees

Gardeners ID best plants for bees

The three flowers most visited by bees are viper’s bugloss, teasel and toadflax, according to gardeners using the new Blooms for Bees app The app, created by scientists from Coventry University, is the only bumblebee-surveying app to record the flower being foraged as well as the insect. The app, developed by scientists at the university’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and…
New study shows EU pesticide ban is failing to protect suburban bees

New study shows EU pesticide ban is failing to protect suburban bees

Bees living in suburban habitats are still being exposed to significant levels of neonicotinoid pesticides despite the EU ban say scientists Bees living in suburban habitats are still being exposed to significant levels of pesticides despite the EU ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on flowering crops, new research from University of Sussex scientists shows. While the introduction of…
BEE AND WASP STINGS CAN BE FATAL

BEE AND WASP STINGS CAN BE FATAL

Gardening expert Chris Beardshaw launches campaign to raise awareness of potentially fatal bee and wasp sting anaphylaxis Chris Beardshaw has taken on a new role as the inaugural ambassador for ‘Bee Resistant 2018’, a national campaign that runs annually to highlight the dangers of anaphylaxis caused by bee and wasp stings. The Bee Resistant campaign, now in its fourth year,…