Archive for July, 2012

Bees are in trouble

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

BEES ARE IN TROUBLE and it is mostly because of us. We have destroyed much of their natural habitat, we have poisoned their food and in the case of honeybees, we have used them for our own purposes while not giving enough attention to their needs and welfare.
With the invention of the ‘movable frame’ hive, the second half of that century saw an exponential growth in commercial-scale beekeeping, and by the time motor vehicles became widely available, beekeeping on a widespread and industrial scale became a practical possibility.
Since then, bees have been treated in rather the same way as battery hens: routinely dosed with antibiotics and miticides in an effort to keep them producing, despite the growing problems of diseases and parasites and Neo-nicotinoid based insecticide-treated plants that have led to the emergence of so-called ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’.
Here are some things you can do to help the bees:

1. Stop using insecticides – especially for ‘cosmetic’ gardening.
2. Avoid seeds coated with systemic insecticides.
3. Read the labels on garden compost – beware hidden killers!
4. Create natural habitat.
5. Plant bee-friendly flowers.
6. Make a wild bee house.
7. Support your local beekeepers.

deadly insecticides manufactured by Bayer.
It is often disguised as Vine weevil protection.
but it is highly toxic to all insects and all soil life, including beneficial earthworms. The insecticide is taken up by plants, and if you use this compost in hanging baskets, bees seeking water from the moist compost may be killed.
Almost all the tulips bought in this country come from Holland and overwhelmingly these are the same tulip bulbs, saturated with enormously high levels of neurotoxic neonicotinoids – such as Imidacloprid

Every bumblebee queen that is poisoned in Spring represents a lost-colony; she will never lay her eggs and start a new colony.
Please contact me for further readily available and published details.