Archive for the ‘BEES AND BIODIVERSITY’ Category

Survival rates of bees improves

Recent statistics from a British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) survey show a dramatic improvement in the survival of honey bees through the winter months, recording the best survival rates since the survey began in 2007. More than 90% of honey bee colonies survived from October 2013-March 2014 with all regions in England showing improvements, compared to losing a third of all colonies over the previous harsh winter of 2012/13.  The milder weather 2013/14 winter undoubtedly helped the colonies, the BBKA said, but is one of several factors that influenced the recent statistics. Bee husbandry is said to have improved with beekeeping associations providing training, education and skills improvement supported by Defra’s Healthy Bee Plan,

Making an insect Hotel

On the 11th October Pat Croft our Entomology project leader and Mandy Hewick went to help local children build their own insect Hotel. The children had a wonderful time building and learning more about the  insects that will inhabit the Hotel.

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Consultation outcome – Improving honey bee health

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and features….

  • Bees – Explains why bees are so important, giving a brief explanation of their role in the life cycle of a flowering plant.
  • Busy bees Busy Farmers –Shows bees busy pollinating tomatoes, and farmers busy in the fields, fertilising winter crops and sowing spring crops.
  • Secret Calves and lambs? – Explains how we have so far been unsuccessful in catching calves being born on film, but how we are more confident of catching lambs being born as our farmer has 2000 ewes to lamb. We see these ewes being brought inside, fed and vaccinated in preparation for lambing.