It’s time to take action to protect our dying bees!
Immediately halt the use of Nerve-agent pesticides (neonicotinoids) which are being blamed around the world for the sharp decline in bee numbers.
The current state of the bee population
Joe King, orchard owner and President of Somerton & District Beekeepers’ Association writes about the current state of the bee population.
“Last year bee colonies built up very quickly because of the lovely March weather and developed a real urge to swarm. Despite the efforts of beekeepers to limit them swarms were abundant.
Queen bees have to mate on the wing, and unfertilised eggs produce male bees – drones – who do no work, leaving it all to their sisters the worker bees. The wet weather last year made mating very difﬁcult so there was an abundance of drones and a dearth of workers. Without workers many colonies died.
In July (July!) beekeepers were advised to feed their colonies to stop them starving, but many wild bees died. As a consequence the bee population went into the winter in poor condition, so keep your ﬁngers crossed for them this year!”
Meanwhile we are keeping an eye on the neo-nicotinoid debate, shaping up interestingly with a march on parliament on 26 April at 11.00 a.m. by beekeepers and Friends of the Earth, RSPB etc. The subject is complex on both sides and we don’t pretend to know the answers, but we hope someone works them out soon.
Learn more about bee conservation
Visit – www.bumblebeeconservation.org
Demand that the UK government protect our bees
Sign the petition here – already over 300,000 people signed it.