Category Archives: bees

Honeybees are livestock just like cows

Honeybees have had a terrible time. Many hives have lost their bees over the past 12 months because of the very cold wet summer of 2012 and the long cold spring of 2013.  Honey prices will no doubt shoot up … Continue reading

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Sustainable meat: Keeping the hills bald for red meat

The inevitable farming backlash has started, against George Monbiot’s ideas of restoring more natural ecosystems in Britain in his new book Feral. In an article in Farmers Weekly (where else?) on tuesday a Farmers Union of Wales spokesman drew comparisons … Continue reading

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One man went to mow….managing public space for wildflowers

Have you ever been stunned that a nice patch of wildflowers on a road verge, village green or park gets mown down just when it’s at its peak of beauty and utility? Me too. So I was delighted to see … Continue reading

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More Bad Bees

Following yesterday’s post on thieving Bumble-bees, it has been brought to my attention that Bumble-bees’ degenerate behaviour does not stop at nectar larceny – the bee-equivalent of shoplifting a four pack of lager from the local corner shop. It gets … Continue reading

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When Bumble Bees go bad

I was shocked to read in the Economist that some of our cherished bumble bees are actually criminals.  Short-tongued bumblebees break into some types of flowers and steal their nectar without having to earn their living by transporting pollen between … Continue reading

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