UK Honey Bee population down 33.8% :(
I don't know how many of you have seen this: BBC News - Honey bee losses double in a year due to poor winter but it is quite worrying news.
Basically, due to the bad winter UK hives and colonies have been hit hard, and note the figures quoted in the article do not include bumble, solitary and other 'wild' bee types.
In our garden we are aghast at the lack of bees, especially given that we are awash with flowers this year, although the 3 masonry bees nests made in our new bee house last year all hatched successfully this spring and have, so far, been replaced with 5 new larvae nests. I'll post pictures once I get a chance.
So, if you get a bee trapped inside your house this year, please do your best to try and get it back outside without hurting it, we need all the bees we can get!