It has been all over the news - the dramatic decline in our bees. The most attention has been centred on our honeybees, and they are indeed faring badly with a third of bee colonies lost by British beekeepers last winter (2012/2013). But our wild bees are in deep trouble too.
05 March 2014 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 0 Kathie Auton:
‘I love birds’, says Alex, looking out at the two fat pigeons eating crusts off our lawn. He’s six and has been ‘doing’ birds at school. ‘Aren’t they LOVELY’, he says about the Blue Tits that are showing signs of moving into our nesting box. I think it’s safe to say that kids love nature. They are fascinated by bugs and birds, enchanted by squirrels and I think if we ever saw a hedgehog there would probably be tears of joy. The sad thing is, we haven’t got that much chance of seeing a hedgehog. In part because we live in a city, but also because the hedgehog population is in decline.
11 February 2014 | 0 Comments
| Recommended by 0 Emma Heseltine:
Its open farm Sunday this Sunday and like the Cumberland show it looks like we might have nice weather. The day is glorious and we have lots of activities planned. There will be farm walks, cream teas, and the bee keepers are here with a demonstration hive that we can peer into looking for the queen.
16 June 2013 | 1 Comments
| Recommended by 1 Amy Leech:
Today’s news that Waitrose are suspending the use of the three neonicotinoids in their supply chain is a ray of hope for the bees amidst predictably grey skies and gloomy headlines.
12 April 2013 | 7 Comments
| Recommended by 4 Ben Raskin:
The last couple of weeks have seen some good news for bees. First was the news that some garden centres were withdrawing bug killers that contained the neonciotinoid imidacloprid. And then came a proposal from the European Commission to completely suspend the use of three neonicotinoids – imidiacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin – that have been found to damage bees.
22 February 2013 | 32 Comments
| Recommended by 16 Amy Leech:
The birds and the bees...that’s life, or so we say – as we try to explain the ways of nature in a way that saves our blushes, and our children’s ears from hearing the facts of life too early. They’ll soon learn of course. But when will we?
18 June 2012 | 9 Comments
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