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Pesticides not a serious threat to bees – Defra

DEFRA has angered anti-pesticide campaigners after it claimed chemical sprays were not to blame for the sharp decline in British bee numbers. Read more

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Beekeeper takes sting out of youth crime

A beekeeper is to tackle youth crime with the help of his craft. Read more

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Chirnside beekeeper stung by thieves

A Chirnside beekeeper has told how he was the victim of a sting operation after thieves stole 10 hives and between, 240,000 and 280,000 bees. Read more

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Honeybee queens too conservative in the bedroom

Dr Bill Hughes, from the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds, said: “By making sure queens mate with enough genetically variable males, we may be able to boost resistance levels and so protect our honeybee populations from … Continue reading

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£1 million 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) in partnership with Syngenta, to research the decline of honeybees. Read more

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UK warned as plague of bee-eating hornets spreads north in France

For five years they have wreaked havoc in the fields of south-western France, scaring locals with their venomous stings and ravaging the bee population to feed their rapacious appetites. Now, according to French beekeepers, Asian predatory hornets have been sighted … Continue reading

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Bee-keepers’ worry over pesticide ban

Any action taken to reverse the decline of Britain’s honey bee population should be based on science and not suspicion, bee-keepers and farmers have warned. Read more

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Evidence on pesticides does not support ban to protect bees, claims NFU

The NFU has today called for an independent and comprehensive assessment of the impact of neonicotinoids after Buglife issued a report implicating these insecticides in the decline of our honey bees. Read more

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Sex lives of honeybees may explain their decline, say researchers

Leeds University researchers are to investigate whether the worldwide decline in the number of honeybees is due to a lack of variety in their sex lives. Read more

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A spoonful of sugar makes bee medicine go down

A deadly disease that is devastating honey bees in Scotland is to be tackled by feeding them icing sugar laced with drugs. Read more

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