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General Chat Thread, UK Honey Bee population down 33.8% :( in General; I don't even think i'm THAT cruel....
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    I don't even think i'm THAT cruel.

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    The pratice of clipping a queens wings now has dropped quite a bit.

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    Sorry. Enzo is partly to blame. He seems to only be able to catch Bees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravo View Post
    "Disappearing Bees

    All around the world, bees - particularly honeybees - seem to be disappearing. Beekeepers noticed it first, but ordinary people are now waking up to the fact that there are fewer bees around. What's going on? What started out as an internet conspiracy is now beginning to leak out into the mainstream media, with scientific phrases such as "Colony Collapse Disorder" being used. Some people blame a new virus or pesticide, while others suggest that radiation from mobile phones is interfering with bees' navigation systems. Much of our agriculture is based on pollination undertaken by bees, so the implications of bee disappearance is massive, with governments now spending millions of pounds on research. The bee disappearance mystery has been referenced on shows such as Doctor Who."

    And if you haven't got a busy day... Missing Honey Bees: What's going on?
    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.

    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.

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    UK Honey Bee population down 33.8% :(-einstein_bees.jpg

    Save the bees

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
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    Save the bees
    He never said that - one of the world's most common mis quotes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattx View Post
    He never said that - one of the world's most common mis quotes.
    I did wonder about that, but still a good excuse to save the bees anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    I did wonder about that, but still a good excuse to save the bees anyway
    That is very true and I being a bee keeper won't argue.

    snopes.com: Einstein on Bees

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danp View Post
    I have space at our allotment for a beer hive so maybe I should look into it


    sounds good

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    Haha! I think I would prefer that too!

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