Bees and Beekeeping

Public urged to help support our bees’ needs

Public urged to help support our bees’ needs
18-07-2014 10:32 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Public urged to help support our bees’ needs
Five simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted today to protect the vit...
01-07-2014 09:47 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Crops, News
Government must uphold ban on bee-harming pesticides
Ministers must stand up to intense lobbying from the pesticide industry by refusing to allow a banned bee-harming pesticide to be sprayed on Britain’s...
19-06-2014 03:18 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
NFU keen to work with government on new pollinator strategy
The NFU says it is keen to work with government on its new strategy to help pollinators as the first hearing by the Environmental Audit Committee gets...
07-05-2014 09:40 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Organic
Organic farming can help save bees
New evidence is already showing that the loss of bees and other pollinators is affecting farmers. New studies suggest that crops like field bean, ...
21-04-2014 03:10 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, Finance, News
New grant aims to support declining bee population
The Duchy of Lancaster has announced a new Beekeeping Grant to encourage its farm tenants to support the country’s rapidly declining bee population. ...
Plumpton College Open Day
Plumpton College has an Open Day on Saturday 10th May 2014. There will be courses and careers advice, apprenticeships information, business trainin...
24-02-2014 04:11 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Managed honeybees linked to new diseases in wild bees
Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK’s wild bumblebees, according to research published in Nature. The s...
07-02-2014 05:26 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Koppert concentrating its efforts on the production of UK native bumblebees
To satisfy the demand for UK native bumblebees, Koppert expanded its production capacity last year and improved the stability of the production. The e...
16-01-2014 00:56 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops, News
EU clarifies labelling rules for honey and GM pollen
The European Parliament endorsed draft rules defining pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient, in a vote on Wednesday. Thi...
03-01-2014 09:11 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Three-year Bees Abroad project in Kenya wins Government funding
Bees Abroad has secured major funding from the UK Department for International Aid (DFID) for a three-year project to alleviate poverty through advanc...
13-09-2013 04:21 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Battle for the bees
In 2009 it was estimated that services provided by pollinators are worth an annual £510m in crops to the UK. That's why declines in many insect pollin...
10-09-2013 08:30 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, Cereal, Crops, News
Government rejects case for ban on pesticides
The Government has rejected the scientific case for a ban on pesticides linked to bee decline, not only for crop-growing farmers but for people using ...
05-09-2013 07:45 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
US study examines 'cocktail of pesticides' that bees consume
A new US study has been released highlighting for the first time the diversity of ‘chemical cocktails’ bees are ingesting. The Soil Association is cal...
19-07-2013 08:50 AM | News, Bees and Beekeeping
Archbishop becomes patron of Bees Abroad
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has agreed to become a patron of Bees Abroad, the charity seeking to reduce poverty in developing countries ...
28-06-2013 16:01 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Action on bees must be based on latest evidence, says NFU
Proposals for future action on bees must be based on all the evidence if they are to deliver real benefits, the NFU has told a major summit aimed at h...
06-06-2013 12:55 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Beekeepers lose one colony a year, says survey
Over three quarters of Scottish beekeepers lost at least one colony last winter, according to the first Scottish bee health survey which is published ...
05-06-2013 12:10 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Crucial habitats for birds and bees created at farm
Crucial habitats for birds and bees are being created at a dairy farm in the New Forest as hedgerows are restored and field borders rich with pollen a...
29-05-2013 10:47 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
EFSA assesses pesticide bee risks
The insecticide fipronil poses a high acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize, EFSA has concluded in a report requested by the...
13-05-2013 13:39 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Solitary bees thrive in flowering oilseed rape
Some species of native wild bees are thriving in the UK, largely thanks to the increase in oilseed rape area and the adoption of intensive minimal til...
Insecticide restrictions 'will have a catastrophic impact'
The decision on Monday to introduce EU-wide restrictions on neonicotinoid insecticides linked to bee decline is 'likely to have catastrophic impacts f...
28-03-2013 16:28 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Studies show no link between insecticide and bee health
Two new pieces of research commissioned by the UK Government have found no evidence of a link between neonicotinoid insecticide use and bee health. ...
12-02-2013 10:34 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Commission amending honey law to hide GM pollen
EU Member States are set to discuss the Commission's proposal to amend the Honey Directive in what is widely believed to be an attempt to circumvent t...
18-12-2012 09:33 AM | Arable, Bees and Beekeeping, News
Open Farm Sunday insect survey highlights pollinator activity on farms
The results of a unique insect survey involving a collaboration of general public and scientists has highlighted the wealth of pollinating bees and ot...
11-04-2012 07:19 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
UK faces £1.8bn annual bill without bees
It would cost the UK £1.8 billion every year to hand-pollinate crops without bees – 20% more than previously thought – according to new research launc...
07-02-2012 07:42 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Shows and Events
Scientist’s highlights efforts to get bees buzzing
A scientist at the University of Reading has called for immediate action to save pollinating insects crucial to British wildlife and the economy. ...
16-09-2011 10:51 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Will it now be impossible to grow genetically modified plants outdoors?
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled last week that pollen from genetically modified (GM) plants contained in honey counts as a food ingredient a...
10-06-2011 12:51 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, Forestry, News
Strategy launched to tackle pest and disease threats to Britain’s trees
A new strategy for protecting Britain’s trees and forests from pests and diseases was launched today. This is an interim strategy, pending an...
17-05-2011 19:37 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
The battle against bee diseases continues
Bees risk being exposed to a range of diseases that can be transferred by varroa mites. Scientists from Aarhus University are investigating the intera...
17-05-2011 09:58 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
The Get Britain Buzzing Campaign
A major campaign highlighting the crisis facing key British pollinators will be launched in London today. The abundance of bumblebees, hoverflies, ...
02-02-2011 12:52 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Plight of the honey bee!
A steep increase in honey bee colony losses has been reported around the globe in recent years. In the United States (US), a phenomenon called ’...
22-12-2010 10:41 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Genetic weapon against bee killer
Researchers have developed a genetic technique which could revitalise the fight against the honeybee’s worst enemy - the Varroa mite. The met...
15-10-2010 08:55 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Phacelia attracts too many bees
Phacelia planted at Great Chishill, one of the development farms run by Bayer CropScience, has been so successful in attracting beneficial insects tha...
16-09-2010 09:37 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
EU funding increased to boost beekeeping sector
The European Commission has approved the national programmes for all 27 EU member states to improve the production and marketing of apiculture product...
22-06-2010 10:53 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Honeybee decline to be addressed
Nine projects worth a total of up to £10M from the Insect Pollinators Initiative are announced today (22 June 2010), during National Insect Week. ...
19-05-2010 15:53 PM | Crops, Bees and Beekeeping, News
Pollination in top fruit can be enhanced
Field trials have proven that the process of pollination in top fruit can be enhanced through the use of a novel pheromone-based product, Pollinus whi...
15-04-2010 16:17 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, Bees and Beekeeping, News
BCPC joins others in taking the sting out of the Buglife report
BCPC has joined with others in the crop protection industry, in writing to the Secretary of State The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP to oppose the ban on neoni...
12-02-2010 08:41 AM | Appointments, Bees and Beekeeping, News
New Patron for Bees for Development Trust
Bees for Development Trust is pleased to announce Sting as a Patron of the Trust. Musician, actor and activist, Sting is a long time supporter of h...
New Holland joins forces with the Beekeepers to save the bees
New Holland, one of the UK’s leading agricultural manufacturers, has announced that it has joined the fight to find solutions to the problems wh...
01-10-2009 09:07 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
£1m award to address honeybee decline
Scientists at Rothamsted Research and Warwick University have been awarded £1M by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) i...
11-09-2009 20:04 PM | NFU, Bees and Beekeeping, News
Evidence on pesticides does not support ban to protect bees
The NFU has today called for an independent and comprehensive assessment of the impact of neonicotinoids after Buglife issued a report implicating the...
Where the global crop production industry means business
"Simply, a great networking opportunity to meet the key decision makers in the crop protection arena for the exchange of ideas globally," is...
14-07-2009 07:08 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Britain's honeybees disappearing
Britain’s honeybees are disappearing at an "alarming" rate, yet the government is taking "little interest" in the problem, a...
10-07-2009 11:33 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Beekeepers buzzing as more register on national database
The number of beekeepers has grown over the last year, according to the National Bee Unit, which runs BeeBase, the national beekeepers’ database...
02-07-2009 09:46 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Bee Friendly to Bees Day for Family Gardeners
Discover the world of Bumblebees and Honeybees Chipchase Castle Nursery, Wark - Sun 5 July 2009 Free entry. From 10am to 4pm - Talks about ho...
23-05-2009 11:46 AM | Arable, Produce, Crops, Bees and Beekeeping, News
Perk up your Pollinators!
Agri-Nova Technology is launching a novel pheromone- based product, Pollinus, that will enhance and improve the performance of bees as crop pollinator...
22-04-2009 09:05 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Ten million research fund for bee health must be targeted
The £10 million research initiative to tackle bee and pollinator decline announced by Defra today, Tuesday, must be targeted accurately to identify an...
31-03-2009 13:43 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Better news on the bee front
Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, whose responsibility as a DEFRA Shadow Minister includes Bee Health and Bee Keepers, recently visited t...
10-03-2009 19:11 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Bee keepers urged to register under healthy bee plan
The ’Healthy Bees’ plan has been launched which will see £4.3 million of funding into bee health issues. The plan is recognition of a new ...
09-03-2009 19:33 PM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
Jane Kennedy launches plan to halt declining Bee numbers
Defra and the Welsh Assembly Government have today published ’Healthy Bees’, a plan to protect and improve the health of honey bees in Eng...
05-03-2009 07:52 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News
NAO report on safeguarding the future of the honeybee
Safeguarding the future health of the honeybee needs an effective national register to help disseminate good practice and combat disease issues accord...
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