Increase in Scottish Hive Loss over Winter

scottish hives

A Scottish Government Bee Health Survey covering the 2012-13 winter has shown 79% of beekeepers lost at least one hive over winter compared with only 39% in the previous winter. Beekeepers identified the weather, queen health, starvation and varroa mites as responsible for losses.

Win a pollinator facelift for your local area

Hurry: closing date 30th May 2013. Have you got a patch of unloved overgrown land in your local area? Want to transform it into a haven for bees, butterflies and your local community?

Plan Bee & Plantlife are giving seven areas the chance to win a facelift and be planted with pollinator-friendly flowers, to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators.*

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