Thursday, 22 January 2009

Extra funding for bee research at last

Some very good but long overdue news has been announced. DEFRA are to stump up another £4.3 million in funding to help protect our honey bees and conduct research into the threats they face. As if the past two wet summers hadn't been enough there is the varroa mite which has been devastating bee colonies and may well be a contributing factor to the so called "Colony Collapse Disorder" affecting bees in many countries.

We need more and more publicity about the plight of bees (and beekeepers). With people making decisions in the next few months about the flowers they want to grow more information about bee friendly plants should be a priority. The crashing of the bee population is a very worrying situation and any help they can be given would be extremely welcome.

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