Tag Archive for 'bees'

Bumblebees exposed to pyrethroid pesticides are smaller and smaller bumblebees are less able foragers

January 20th, 2014 by Royal Holloway University of London

According to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London, exposure to a widely used pesticide causes worker bumblebees to grow less and then hatch out at a smaller size, according to a new study by Royal Holloway University of London. The research paper, “Impact of chronic exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide on bumblebees […]

European Food Safety Authority identifies risks to bees from three neonicotinoid insecticides

January 16th, 2013 by European Food Safety Authority

European Food Safety Authority scientists have identified a number of risks posed to bees by three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. The Authority was asked by the European Commission to assess the risks associated with the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam as seed treatment or as granules, with particular regard to: their acute […]

Bee colonies suffer when exposed to a combination of pesticides

October 22nd, 2012 by Royal Holloway University of London

The behaviour of bees and the success of their colonies are significantly affected when exposed to a combination of pesticides, according to research from the School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London published in the paper ‘Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual-and colony-level traits in bees‘ in Nature. The researchers, Dr Richard […]

Pesticide and herbicide risk to bees that are vital for our food supply

May 25th, 2012 by Friends of the Earth

According to the UK government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) pesticide use rose by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010. Trends in the use of pesticides have varied strongly between UK crops over the past five years but overall pesticide use rose 6.5% due to increasing treatment intensity on a number of crops including those […]

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society launches plan to help bees

May 15th, 2012 by The Channel Islands Co-operative Society Limited

The Channel Islands Co-operative Society has launched Plan Bee, which is an initiative to support and grow the Channel Islands’ bee population. Primary schools across Guernsey and Jersey have received information leaflets and packets of wildflower seeds which, when planted, will help to feed the bee populations of both islands. Besides producing honey and beeswax, […]

Dutch bicyclists plant bee-friendly flowers along 1000 kilometre trail

May 15th, 2012 by Eosta B.V.

Nature & More have launched an international “Bees Love Organic” campaign. As part of this campaign, more than a thousand Dutch cyclists are currently transforming a 1000 kilometre long bicycle trail into a “bee trail”, by sowing organic flower seeds. Twenty-three German organic wholesalers and retailers are distributing 280,000 bags of flower seeds with their […]

The plight of the bumblebee

September 15th, 2011 by Jamie-Lee Loughlin

This short film is about the plight of the humble bumblebee which has declined dramatically in numbers and range during the 20th Century, to the extent that half of the 25 British species are now rare and 2 are extinct.

New technique could help solve mystery of vanishing bees

March 26th, 2011 by British Ecological Society

Ecologists have developed a better way of rearing bee larvae in the laboratory that could help discover why honey bee populations worldwide are declining. The technique, together with details of how statistics adapted from other areas of ecology can aid bee research, is in the paper, ‘Honey bee risk assessment: New approaches for in vitro […]

Hansard Trust sets up beehive on their office roof to aid Guernsey bee population

September 15th, 2010 by Hansard Trust

Hansard Trust, based at Granary House, The Grange, has set up a new bee hive on the roof of their office building and staff think more local companies could do the same. Hansard’s head beekeeper and General Counsel, Jonathan Hart said “the recent significant decline in the global bee population is a serious problem for […]

“A Walk with the Bees” in St Martin Parish on Saturday 26 June 2010

June 16th, 2010 by John Nicolle

A walk with the Bees – Marchier à Cànté Les Aises’ takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 26 June. Walk groups start between 2 pm and 2.15 pm. The cost is £4.00 and includes afternoon tea and walk notes Park at the Jerbourg car park (marshals will be on hand to help with parking.  […]