British Beekeepers Still Concerned About Neonicotinoids, According To Survey

According to a press release from the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), Friday 23 October 2017,  its members are still concerned about neonicotinoids.

According to the press release, the top five factors worrying beekeepers about the future of the honey bees are:

- use of pesticides including neonicotinoids 62%;
- loss of forage from agricultural development 31%;
- Asian hornet 32%;
- Varroa mite 28%’
- climate change 28%.

According to the results of the British Beekeepers Association’s annual Honey Survey the average beekeeper in England produced 23.8 lbs (11.8 kilos) of honey this year – a decrease of 2.3 lbs over the previous  year’s crop.

Plant More Clover

Request to gardeners - Please leave a patch of clover for bees

An interesting comment came from Job Hobrough, who was recently awarded his BBKA certificate for sixty years of beekeeping and is the BBKA’s Adopt a Beehive representative for the North East region.

“In those days (the 1950s) farmers under-planted crops with clover to nourish the land, nowadays there just isn’t time or space for this style of farming.

I think it is having a huge impact on the honey crop, by reducing the forage available not just to honey bees, but all our insects".

Indeed, I have been making the case for clover for years, and wrote a page about it growing clover.

It's a no brainer for council managed land and homeowners with a piece of lawn

It's so easy to grow and maintain, it's fragrant, pretty and helps not only honey bees but other species, such as bumble bees. 

Seriously, what's not to like?

Reasons to grow clover as outlined in the article

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leafcutter bee on sweet pea plant sweet peas for bees