General Chat Thread, UK Honey Bee population down 33.8% :( in General; I don't even think i'm THAT cruel....
13th June 2013, 11:22 AM #16
I don't even think i'm THAT cruel.
13th June 2013, 11:25 AM #17
The pratice of clipping a queens wings now has dropped quite a bit.
13th June 2013, 12:04 PM #18
Sorry. Enzo is partly to blame. He seems to only be able to catch Bees.
13th June 2013, 12:09 PM #19
Also, you'll probably find that increased urbanisation and less and less flowers in gardens and green land are probably partly to blame. In the 60's and 70's people still had gardens with flowers and stuff in them. Now people can't wait to pave over them for driveways/convenience. I have to admit to wanting to pave over my front garden as parking is a nightmare but I want lots of flowers and plants in the back garden.
Originally Posted by DeltaBravo
People just don't want to be bothered with gardening any more or don't have the time. Also, new build houses have tiny gardens - any new-build estate is all house and parking and no garden.
13th June 2013, 12:25 PM #20
Save the bees
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13th June 2013, 12:39 PM #21
He never said that - one of the world's most common mis quotes.
Originally Posted by JJonas
13th June 2013, 12:42 PM #22
I did wonder about that, but still a good excuse to save the bees anyway
Originally Posted by mattx
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13th June 2013, 12:44 PM #23
That is very true and I being a bee keeper won't argue.
Originally Posted by JJonas
snopes.com: Einstein on Bees
13th June 2013, 01:09 PM #24
I have a lawn teeming with Miner bees, and I've had quite a few bumblebees in the garden so far..rescued one from doggypaddling in Izzy's paddling pool yesterday, and put it under our catrun's tarp out of the rain, away from the cats until it took off. Planning to plant a bee/butterfly friendly garden, and lots of bee/butterfly plants elsewhere too. Just need to do the logistics.
I rather like the miner bees, now I've realised they're harmless...was worried on the kids behalf at first, but the bees avoid us all, and seem content to ignore us. Suits me.
13th June 2013, 11:22 PM #25
In my copious free time I do a lot of walking - earlier this week I was trudging round a local nature reserve and all the trees were covered in blossom - but I didn't see a single bee or any other insect come to that on any of the trees - a bit strange I thought
14th June 2013, 10:29 AM #26
We've gone out of our way to make our garden bee friendly and have had bumble bee nests in our wood chippings. As others have said they are amazingly docile.
I just hope the scientists have turn the population decline around.
14th June 2013, 10:37 AM #27
I try my best to encourage them but without going down the whole bee keeping route and I dont know if there is much else I can do. I have space at our allotment for a beer hive so maybe I should look into it
14th June 2013, 10:51 AM #28
Originally Posted by Danp
14th June 2013, 11:11 AM #29
14th June 2013, 11:16 AM #30
Haha! I think I would prefer that too!
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