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Three cheers for Minnesota’s bee-friendly law!

Marianne Landzettel: Legislators in the US state of Minnesota took action after a study done last year by Friends of the Earth US found more than half of all bee-friendly plants bought in nurseries to be contaminated with neonicotinoids. Why is this important to us, you may ask, the EU has banned neonicotinoids for a two year trial period, all should be well.

04 July 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 4

Death in disguise?

Marianne Landzettel: 'Keep Britain Buzzing' - thanks to campaigns like the one run by the Soil Association the message comes across loud and clear: around one third of our food crops depend on bees and other insects for pollination. And the bees are under threat with more and more beekeepers finding nothing but dead bees in their hives after the winter.

09 June 2014 | 7 Comments | Recommended by 1

Bees and the raspberry revolution

Marianne Landzettel: For those who saw him somewhere en route from Andover to London on a sunny day in May last year Paul probably still is a good dinner party story - or rather that car that was driven by a guy in a full beekeeper’s outfit, including hat, veil and gloves. But then Paul drives a hatchback and though he’d sealed the hive carefully, you never know...

14 April 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 3

You are saving our wild bees - the unsung heroes of our countryside

Louise Payton: It has been all over the news - the dramatic decline in our bees. The most attention has been centred on our honeybees, and they are indeed faring badly with a third of bee colonies lost by British beekeepers last winter (2012/2013). But our wild bees are in deep trouble too.

05 March 2014 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 4

Love nature this Valentine's Day

Kathie Auton: ‘I love birds’, says Alex, looking out at the two fat pigeons eating crusts off our lawn. He’s six and has been ‘doing’ birds at school. ‘Aren’t they LOVELY’, he says about the Blue Tits that are showing signs of moving into our nesting box. I think it’s safe to say that kids love nature. They are fascinated by bugs and birds, enchanted by squirrels and I think if we ever saw a hedgehog there would probably be tears of joy. The sad thing is, we haven’t got that much chance of seeing a hedgehog. In part because we live in a city, but also because the hedgehog population is in decline.

11 February 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Open farm Sunday and shearing

Emma Heseltine: Its open farm Sunday this Sunday and like the Cumberland show it looks like we might have nice weather. The day is glorious and we have lots of activities planned. There will be farm walks, cream teas, and the bee keepers are here with a demonstration hive that we can peer into looking for the queen.

16 June 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 1

A breath of life for bees

Amy Leech: Today’s news that Waitrose are suspending the use of the three neonicotinoids in their supply chain is a ray of hope for the bees amidst predictably grey skies and gloomy headlines.

12 April 2013 | 7 Comments | Recommended by 5

Bee friendly pest control

Ben Raskin: The last couple of weeks have seen some good news for bees. First was the news that some garden centres were withdrawing bug killers that contained the neonciotinoid imidacloprid. And then came a proposal from the European Commission to completely suspend the use of three neonicotinoids – imidiacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin – that have been found to damage bees.

22 February 2013 | 35 Comments | Recommended by 17

The birds and the bees - a fact of life?

Amy Leech: The birds and the bees...that’s life, or so we say – as we try to explain the ways of nature in a way that saves our blushes, and our children’s ears from hearing the facts of life too early. They’ll soon learn of course. But when will we?

18 June 2012 | 9 Comments | Recommended by 6

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