Bumblebees breed better in cities

Bumblebees breed better in cities

A surprising new study has found that bumblebees in urban areas produce more offspring than colonies in agricultural areas Ash Samuelson, a PhD student from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London, set out to discover why bumblebees can be more abundant in urban landscapes. Colonies of bumblebees were placed into 38 gardens and farms across…
Hive of activity to raise bee awareness

Hive of activity to raise bee awareness

Carnaby Street in London becomes Carnabee Street for the duration of the third annual Bees’ Needs Week starting on July 9 The third annual Bees’ Needs Week was launched on Monday, July 9 in London’s Carnaby Street – renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ for the duration of the campaign, with its iconic arch getting a bee-themed makeover. Carnaby Street was already home…
Stepping up the fight for our natural world

Stepping up the fight for our natural world

Our latest Subs Club article, for KG subscribers only, highlights several ways in which people can stand up for treasured wild species. Plants for pollinators: perfection not promised The RHS has announced that it is changing the name of its ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ logo scheme to ‘Plants for Pollinators’ (pictured above). The logo was launched in 2011, so that retailers…
EU bans neonics

EU bans neonics

Help for bees as neonicotinoid insecticides are banned Europe-wide In a long-awaited decision, EU member states have voted in favour of a ban on the outdoor use of three neonicotinoid insecticides which scientific studies have linked to the decline of bees and other pollinators. In 2013 the EU voted for a partial ban on the use of imidacloprid, clothianidin and…
Asian hornet alert

Asian hornet alert

Beekeepers are asking gardeners to be on the lookout for Asian hornets, following another confirmed sighting in the UK An Asian hornet was found in early April by a member of the public in Bury in Lancashire, on a cauliflower which had been grown in Boston in Lincolnshire. The Asian hornet is a predator of various invertebrates, including honeybees, and…
Bee a winner!

Bee a winner!

Hozelock have a bee in their bonnet about helping Britain’s bees! With the help of Bizzi, their friendly mascot, Hozelock are running a campaign to encourage you to plant bee-friendly plants to help save Britain’s bees. Honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate and Hozelock’s campaign is a call to action for gardeners nationwide to play their part –…