Spring Planting

The Royal Horticultural Society have a logo that is appearing on plants that have been asessed as useful for insect pollinators, not just honey bees but bumble bees and solitary bees along with hover flies,  butterflies and moths. 

RHS Pollinator logo

Open day at Sussex LASI

Waggle

LASI, the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex is having an open day on 20th July.

BBC Radio Costing the Earth

Costing the Earth

The BBC Radio environmental series, "Costing the Earth" this week was covering the influence of pesticides in the context of all the problems bees and other pollinators face.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r4wn is the iplayer link, but it will also be available as a download indefinitely.

BBKA Exams Booklist Updated

A new format list has been issued of books recommended for use with BBKA module and husbandry exams. It replaces the previous matrix with a list of titles for each paper headed by the titles currently in print. It also includes generic and freely available categories such as BBKA, FERA and NHS leaflets.

http://www.bbka.org.uk/files/library/book_list_c_1366832549.pdf

Winter colony losses on Radio 4 Farming Today

BBC Radio 4 Farming Today had reports this week that weather conditions in the past year have increased losses of colonies this winter, 50% or more for some beekeepers.

Bee on apple blossom

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