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Stingless bees in Kerala

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Bee farming by GreenFriends in Ireland

This page gives details of a bee farming project started on a devotee’s land in West Cork.

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‘Neonics’ – more bad news

The Soil Association has reported further dangers from neonicotinoids, the chemical pesticides which are known to be dangerous to bees:- Now, disturbing new research, part-funded by the Soil Association and thanks to the Roddick Foundation, reveals that neonicotinoids don’t just stop at the crop. They seep into soils and dust and into hedgerows and flowers … Continue reading »

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Ireland promotes pollinators

Waterford/Dublin, Thursday September 17th, 2015 – Sixty-eight governmental and nongovernmental organisations have agreed a shared plan of action to tackle pollinator decline and make Ireland a place where pollinators can survive and thrive. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020, published today, makes Ireland one of the first countries in Europe with a strategy to address pollinator … Continue reading »

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Home and garden pesticides containing neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoid based pesticides have been implicated in the alarming deaths of bees and other pollinators that are so crucial to pollination and biodiversity in the UK as a whole. It is not just agricultural products that they are used in but also a number of products aimed at the domestic home and garden market. This … Continue reading »

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Bees on your stamps

Royalmail have brought out a series of stamps showing different kinds of bees.  The presentation pack includes a lot of information about bees, including short articles on rare bees: the Scabious Bee, the Great Yellow and the Bilberry Bumblebee, the Northern Colletes Bee, the Large Mason Bee and the Potter Flower Bee. The variety and importance … Continue reading »

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Neonicotinoid pesticides – update from the Soil Association

The Soil Association has written about the wider impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on all forms of life.  A leading bee researcher, Professor Dave Goulson of Sussex University, stated at the Soil Association Conference in October 2014:- “Five neonicotinoid dressed maize seeds, or 32 dressed oilseed rape seeds, are enough to kill a partridge.” Some of … Continue reading »

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Nottinghamshire farm ecocentre

David Rose is turning his arable farm at Screveton into a fully-fledged ‘ecocentre,’ with help from the Woodland Trust. His latest wheeze is to stripe his wheat fields with rows of apple trees.  This is called alley cropping, and is designed to nourish the soil, encourage wildlife and harvest apples for cider-making. See; the alley … Continue reading »

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Wildlife SOS – How You Can Help Save Our Endangered Species

This week’s Radio Times comes with a free insert in the middle.  One side has a beautiful A2 picture of rare animals, from barn owl to red squirrel and stag beetle; the other side has tips on how to help particular species (e.g. visiting puffins), and a picture of wildlife gardening with useful tips. This … Continue reading »

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What’s killing our bees?

This Horizon (BBC) programme looks at what may be responsible for the deaths of bee colonies. “Bill Turnbull investigates one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees. It is a question that generates huge controversy. Changes in the weather, pesticides and even a deadly virus have all all been blamed. … Continue reading »

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