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,