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Apr 29, 2017

What Is Cactus Honey And Is It Made By Bees?

Cactus honey is another name for Agave Syrup or Agave Nectar, and is not made by bees

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Apr 28, 2017

The Ashy Mining Bee - Andrena cineraria

The Ashy Mining Bee - about Andrena cineraria: habitat and foraging

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Apr 28, 2017

Bayer wins case to ban beekeeper protests at annual meeting

Bayer wins case to ban beekeeper protests at annual meeting - so what can protesters do?

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Apr 28, 2017

Healthy Honey Bees And Sustainable Maize Production Without Neonicotinoids

How can we ensure honey bees are healthy whilst maintaining maize production and cutting out neonicotinoids?

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Apr 27, 2017

Top-Supering or Bottom-Supering?

Top-Supering or Bottom-Supering? Effect on honey yield

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Apr 27, 2017

Grey-patched mining bee - Andrena nitida

The Grey-patched mining bee, Andrena nitida - images and description

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Apr 26, 2017

UK Emergency neonics application refused – Defra advisers

UK Emergency neonics application refused - April 25th 2017

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Apr 26, 2017

High pesticide risk to honey bees despite low focal crop pollen collection

Field study: even when pollen is collected from primarily non-target crops, the contaminated pollen collected nevertheless exposes honey bees to a level of risk outside of regulatory boundaries

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Apr 25, 2017

Lasioglossum smeathmanellum: Smeathman’s Furrow Bee

Lasioglossum smeathmanellum: About Smeathman’s Furrow Bee - photograph, habitat, description

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Apr 24, 2017

Pulmonaria Officinalis - A Wonderful Early Flowering Plant For Bees

Pulmonaria Officinalis - A Wonderful Early Flowering Plant For Bees - attracts bumblebees and hairy footed flower bees and is easy to grow

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Apr 21, 2017

John Muir, Conservation And Focus On Interconnectedness Of The Eco-system

In the words of John Muir: “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

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Apr 21, 2017

How Can I Relocate A Bee Nest That's In The Ground?

How Can I Relocate A Bee Nest In The Ground? I have bees nesting in a patch of ground and need to move them

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Apr 20, 2017

Bees Love Dandelions

Dandelions are beneficial for a wide range of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hover flies.

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Apr 17, 2017

Will The UK Have Weaker Pesticide Regulations Upon Leaving The EU?

The UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, since when, there has been some speculation as to what will happen with regard to pesticide regulations

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Apr 15, 2017

Granulated Honey And Powdered Honey

Granulated Honey And Powdered Honey: what are they, and is it pure honey? An investigation and comparison of products

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Mar 21, 2017

Solitary Bees - by Ted Benton - A Book Review

A review of the book Solitary Bees - by Ted Benton - published by Pelargic Publishing

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Mar 09, 2017

Insecticides: Costly for farmers and harmful to pollinators

Insecticides: Costly for farmers and harmful to pollinators - in so many areas, change is long overdue

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Feb 28, 2017

5 Reasons To Protect Bumblebee Nests

5 Reasons To Protect Bumblebee Nests: we need to halt bumblebee decline. They are not aggressive, and at the end of the season, the whole colony shall die naturally anyway

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Feb 23, 2017

10 Reasons Why Bees Are Important...(and awesome!)

Bees really are AWESOME! 10 Reasons why Bees are important for humans and the wider environment

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Feb 14, 2017

5 Reasons To Add A Wildflower Area To Your Grass Seed Lawn

5 Reasons To Add A Wildflower Area To Your Grass Seed Lawn: helping bees and other pollinators

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Feb 07, 2017

5 Reasons Farmers Must Have Independent Information About 'Crop Pest' Threat

5 Reasons Farmers Must Have Independent Information About 'Crop Pest' Threat

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Feb 04, 2017

Farmers Can Be Part Of The Solution To Help Pollinators After Brexit

Plenty of farmers want to do their bit to help bees and the environment after Brexit. Here are some thoughts and ideas.

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Feb 03, 2017

France Bans Pesticides .......well, sort of....

France Bans Pesticides .......well, sort of.....The ban on neonicotinoids in 2020 allows time for next generation neonics to enter the market

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Feb 01, 2017

Bees And Government Transparency vs Government Officials And Anonymity

Bees and government transparency: do civil servants have the right to anonymity?

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Nov 21, 2016

Are Wasps Beneficial?

If you think wasps are merely nasty, stinging insects, think again! Here are 3 ways in which wasps are beneficial both to people and the ecosystem as a whole.

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Nov 16, 2016

The Elephants And The Bees

How honey bees are helping to save Africa’s elephants, and why elephants fear bees!

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Nov 14, 2016

Royal Mail Bee Themed Stamps

Royal Mail Bee Themed Stamps: beautiful postage stamps featuring wild bees and honey bees

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Nov 04, 2016

Bees, Neonicotinoids And The EU

Some, not all neonicotinoids were restricted by the EU, but they have now approved 3 more insecticides.

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Oct 28, 2016

How Do Bees Make Honey?

How Do Bees Make Honey? Why do they make it? What is honey anyway? Lots of information about honey and honey bees

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Oct 26, 2016

How Do Bees Collect Pollen?

How Do Bees Collect Pollen? It depends on the species, but some collect it, then carry it on their hind legs, others on their abdomens, and some in their crops. Others don't collect pollen at all.

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Oct 25, 2016

Wasp Life Cycle

About the wasp life cycle, including the difference between solitary and social wasps.

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Oct 24, 2016

Why Do Bumblebees Dig In The Ground?

Why Do Bumblebees Dig In The Ground? A look at hibernation and the effects of parasites on bumblebee behaviour

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Oct 21, 2016

Which Bees Dig In The Ground?

Which bees dig in the ground, and how and why do they do it? It could be nest building, parasites, or hibernation!

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Oct 19, 2016

How Far Do Bees Fly For Food?

How Far Do Bees Fly For Food? A look at reasearch to find out what is the foraging range of honey bees, bumblebees and solitary bees?

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Oct 17, 2016

Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland by Steven Falk

A review of Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland by Steven Falk

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Oct 10, 2016

British Butterfly Decline

British Butterfly Declines: three quarters of UK species are in decline, according to one study.

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Sep 29, 2016

What Do Bees Eat?

What do bees eat? Bees mostly eat nectar and pollen from flowers, though there are some exceptions to this general rule!

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Sep 28, 2016

Found A Bee?

Found a bee, and not sure what to do? Here's how you can help it, when and how to feed sugar water, and what to do when it's looking wet and bedraggled or in a bit of a sorry state!

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Sep 19, 2016

Do Bees Sleep?

Do bees sleep, do they sleep at night, and if so, where and how do we know they are sleeping?

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Sep 08, 2016

The Drone Bee: an overview of the life of a male honey bee

The Drone Bee: a light-hearted look at the life of the male honey bee and its role in the colony

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Sep 05, 2016

How The Trend In Growing British Cut Flowers Helps Bees And Wildlife

Tips for growing British flowers for cutting, how this helps bees, and the best cut flowers for a gardener

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Aug 25, 2016

Why Honey Bees Use Hexagons

Bees really are amazing. A look at why honey bees use hexagons when they construct their honeycombs.

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Aug 19, 2016

Are Neonicotinoids Killing Wild Bees and Butterflies?

Impact of Neonicotinoids on Wild Bees and Butterflies: research from the UK and USA further highlight danger of neonicotinoids

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Aug 15, 2016

Mason Bees

About Mason Bees: their nests, life cycle, and how to attract them into your garden

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Jul 27, 2016

Bees (Or Wasps) In The Office

Bees keep flying into our office. What can we do to prevent them without harming them?

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Aug 21, 2015

Why Are Invertebrates Important?

Why Are Invertebrates Important? Ways in whcih invertebrates benefit humans, other creatures, the eco-system and biodiversity as a whole

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Aug 21, 2015

The Honey Bee Dance

Honey Bee Dance: what it means. What does the dance tell the bees in the colony?

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Aug 17, 2015

Do All Bees Die After They Sting You?

Do all bees die after they sting you, and if so why? It is a common misunderstanding, but not all bees do die after stinging humans.

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Aug 03, 2015

Honey Bee Mating Behaviour

Honey Bee Mating Behaviour: short video clip and explanation. Do males die when they mate? How many times does the queen mate?

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