Bees in the News

Half the planet should be set aside for wildlife – to save ourselves (via New Scientist)

If we want to avoid extinctions and preserve the ecosystems all life depends on, half of the Earth's land and oceans should be protected by 2050, say biologists. Read more here https://www.newscientist.com/article/2179499-half-the-planet-should-be-set-aside-for-wildlife-to-save-ourselves/ ...
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Councils urged to introduce pollinator action plans to help bees and other insects

East of England councils are being urged to do more to help Britain’s bees and other pollinators – such as cutting areas of grass less often in parks and roadside verges to allow wild flowers to grow.Read more here http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/pollinators-action-plan-bees-suffolk-roadside-verges-1-5647104 ...
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Pesticides in Your Honey?

About three-fourths of honey from around the world contains some pesticides, according to a study published in Science FridayRead more here http://amp.timeinc.net/time/4973279/honey-pesticides-bees ...
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Welsh Government’s Action Plan for Pollinators

The Welsh Government has introduced a plan to reduce, and reverse, the decline in wild and managed pollinator populations. Pollinators include bees, some wasps, butterflies, moths and hoverflies, some beetles and flies. Read more here https://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/consmanagement/conservationbiodiversity/action-plan-for-pollinators/?lang=en ...
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Seven British Species We Rarely See Now

With Number 5: Our beloved Barn Owl; The UK’s favourite farmland bird has suffered a 75% drop in its population since the 1930's because modern agricultural practices have wiped out huge numbers of their prey – mice and voles. Read more here https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/7-species-we-rarely-see-now ...
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Where have all our insects gone?

There is a crisis in the countryside - and a massive decline in insect numbers could have significant consequences for the environment. Full article here https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/17/where-have-insects-gone-climate-change-population-decline ...
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While We Worry About Honeybees, Other Pollinators Are Disappearing

Full article here. If the quintessential ecological battle cry of the seventies was “Save The Whales,” today it is “Save The Bees.” From news headlines to environmental campaigns to alarming documentaries, we’re warned that if the bees go extinct, we’ll go with them. It makes sense — about 75 percent of crops are reliant on animal pollinators, which are often honeybees. Without them, the theory goes, we’d not only lose $212 billion in global economic value, we could probably say goodbye to apples, almonds, broccoli, cucumbers, peaches, and many other common food items, not to mention honey. But when it ...
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Council worker mows down meadow used for Sir David Attenborough’s Big Butterfly Count

Full article here. East Devon District Council apologised after an employee on a sit-on mower turned the valued site into a desert at The Knowle, in Sidmouth. Red faced council bosses have apologised after a blundering worker mowed flat a wildflower meadow being monitored for David Attenborough's Big Butterfly count. East Devon District Council apologised after an employee on a sit-on mower turned the valued site into a desert at The Knowle, in Sidmouth. The worker was asked with cutting a pathway from the car parks at to the gates for people to walk down to the town. Instead he ...
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More than half of UK species in decline – some may soon vanish

Full article here. By New Scientist staff and Press Association More than half of UK species have suffered declines in recent years and 15 per cent are at risk of vanishing, a report has warned. Intensive agriculture’s “overwhelmingly negative” impact on nature has helped drive the declines, while climate change, loss of habitat and urban sprawl are also having an effect, the second State of Nature report said. The study, which pools knowledge from 53 wildlife organisations, shows that 56 per cent of almost 4000 studied land and freshwater species suffered declines in numbers or areas where they are found between ...
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