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bodger

Bee's

On the news this morning. Bee keepers have warned that due to a reduced harvest, stocks of UK honey will have been exhausted on shop shelves by Christmas . Even more importantly, they also have warned that there will not be enough bee's next year to pollinate our crops.
This has got to be of serious concern to us all. I'm beginning to wonder just how good my idea of planting several hundred apple trees is going to be.
Surely the government need to invest more money in trying to sort these problems out. I saw a programme a few weeks ago when it was obvious that the money which had ben earmarked for researching the problems in our bee population was an absolute pittance.
green man

There is a lot we can do to create habitat for bees of all kinds, including sheets of wriggly tin left on long grass to provide a place for the field mouse to nest so that when they leave the bees move in, plus plant loads of clover around your grass land and leave it to seed every year, then there all these wonderful flowers to feed them through out the year. should you ever find a bees nest in the grass cover it with something waterproof but not some thing the bees can't negotiate, a ridge tile etc just to keep the worst of the weather off whilst they hibernate.


Flowers for bees.
http://www.complete-gardens.co.uk...ant-solutions-category.php?cat=24
Stanley

Bees

I read somewhere if the world's bee population dies out, we're just three years after them!
beeman

Speaking for myself, my Honey will be gone by the end of this month. All the Beekeepers I know are in the same Boat.

To be fair, this is mainly due to a very poor Spring, followed by an even worse Summer weather wise. I blame Government for most things, but cannot pin this on them.
For Honeybees to be able to produce Honey (their stores for the coming winter) they need warm weather and showers, this in turn allows plants flowers to produce Necter and Pollen that the Bees collect. This year in July the main month for a Honey take, I was having to feed my Bees to stop them from starving. Many inexperienced new keepers will have lost bees because their Bees will have starved out.


All this comes on top of a poor year last year as well + the varroa Mite, and associated virus problems.
Government, instead of giving exta money for research into bee health problems, have decided to cut the budget instead!

The best Clover for bees is the native small flowered variety, it produces far more Necter than the bigger flowered red and white. But the ambient temperature needs to be above 72f for a necter flow.

Bumble bees are able to cope with and work in much lower temperatures than Honey bees.

Hope the above is of some interest, I could prattle on about Bees all night.

Beeman
kaz

What are the bee populations like in other countries?
It only seems to have been the UK that has had an awful summer so have the other countries fared better?
Holly

There were lots of bumble bees in the garden this summer but hardly any honey bees, and even less butterfly's
Bazzer

Don't think you're "prattling" Beeman.
How else can the rest of us learn, if those who know the subject don't prattle on?  
random

kaz wrote:
What are the bee populations like in other countries?
It only seems to have been the UK that has had an awful summer so have the other countries fared better?


Bee stocks here are still very healthy. We had a bad winter last year with losses of 30% common place - some lost more. Mainly that was blamed on the weather being variable with mild spells and generally very wet followed by a really cold spell in March.

My hives have done well this year, though a damp couple of weeks in early August did reduce the honey crop somewhat.

There have been no reports of CCD type problems here in Sweden that I have seen, and Varroa is easily managable with IPM techniques. I have a young friend who is a bee farmer and by all accounts he's had a very good year.
monkeybum

Apparently Bee populations are suffering globally. We have had hardly any fruit down here this year. Very very bad, and hardly a bee in sight. Its a worrying time.
Seabird

We've had a bees' nest in the chimney of the shop since we moved here. They've not bothered us much - if they've found their way into the shop they've been shown the door.

BUT

We've not seen them this year!! All Gone!!  
beeman

Seabird wrote:
We've had a bees' nest in the chimney of the shop since we moved here. They've not bothered us much - if they've found their way into the shop they've been shown the door.

BUT

We've not seen them this year!! All Gone!!  


Although they may have either died out or moved on, they will have left waxcomb behind, this will always be a draw for any passing swarm.

Most Honeybees, left untreated can only survive Varroa for 3--4 years before they are overcome and die out.

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