the honeybee -its future???????

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the honeybee -its future???????

Postby grammer » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:03 pm

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Bees take flight to the city after fall in rural hive numbers

The Co-op is training an army of apiarists as bee numbers halve in 20 years

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor


Monday, 1 March 2010
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Urban beekeepers at work. The Co-op has 600 hives on its farmland but wants more in cities

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The buzzing of bees, part of the essence of rural life, may soon become a city sound. A new army of urban beekeepers is being recruited as part of an ambitious project to halt the worrying decline in British honeybees.


The plan is to site hives in city gardens and allotments across the UK, and even on the roofs of buildings, to help rebuild honeybee numbers, which are believed to have halved in Britain between 1985 and 2005, and more recently to have declined even more steeply in some areas.

The reasons are not clear, but it may be a combination of pesticide use, warmer winters because of climate change and infections such as that caused by the varroa mite. Honeybees in Britain produce 5,000 tonnes of honey a year and their pollination of fruit trees and other crops are estimated to be worth £165m annually.

This spring, the Co-operative Group is trying to draw 300 new people to urban beekeeping in Manchester, London and Inverness, and the great attraction for the newcomers will probably be the free training and equipment – from gloves and overalls to a hive – provided.

In the Co-op's initial trial of its urban apiary idea in Manchester last year, some 60 of the 100 people who took courses in the city's parkland went on to become beekeepers. "Most people don't realise you can readily keep bees in an urban area," said the Co-op's Environment Manager, Chris Shearlock. "They can find flowers in city parks and gardens, and they are away from some of the pesticides that are threatening them on farmland. It's a misconception to think that they won't thrive in cities and towns. I've heard of honey being sold from apiaries around King's Cross station in London."

The Co-op is offering several days of training, first in theory, on subjects such as how bees are kept, hygiene, and how hives are constructed; and then in practical work with bees. At the end of the course those who want to continue will be given their own hive and beekeeping outfit, and put in touch with a network of other beekeepers for advice. The courses will start later in the spring when bees become active.

In trying to set up environmental projects, the Co-op has found that beekeeping strikes a ready chord with people who might not otherwise want to become practically engaged.

"People are interested in bees," Chris Shearlock said. "If you talk to people about the lack of diversity in the oceans, say, they respond: 'What do you want me to do about it?' But when you talk about bees, people can do it in their own homes and their own lives."

The project is part of the Co-op's Plan Bee campaign, launched last year with the aim of raising awareness of honeybee decline, funding research and encouraging people to help bees and plant bee-friendly wild flowers.

The Plan Bee campaign has also sponsored an investigation into the population status of Britain's native version of the honeybee, the black bee, which was replaced in many hives by the Victorians with an Italian bee strain, on the grounds that the native insect was too aggressive and did not produce enough honey. But it is possible that the black bee may be able to survive conditions in the 21st century better.
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby jordo » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:24 pm

It will BE interesting to see if it catches on. The streets would be a HIVE of activity. :D :D :D
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Strum » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:37 pm

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..........................
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby grammer » Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:25 am

hope there is no STING in the above TALE :| :|
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:43 pm

Paddy Farrell's in Cross Avenue use to sell loads of Honey Bees,I bought loads of pennyworths off him. :mrgreen:
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Strum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:57 pm

I posted about this here before. One third of ALL the honeybees in the states have disappeared. That is a LOT of Bees.

My Dad used to have a few Hives. He rented a plot off the Brothers up in the John of Gods grounds.
I helped him move them once, scary as hell. Stung 5 times, "ah ye get used to it says he"
Yeah right haha! Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...... :D
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Jacqui » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:44 pm

Stung five times! He was waxed Bzzzzzzzzzz........ :D :D
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Strum » Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:51 pm

Jacqui wrote:Stung five times! He was waxed Bzzzzzzzzzz........ :D :D





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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby jordo » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:08 pm

Calamine Lotion was very good for hives when I was a kid, betcha Stargazer remembers it :D
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Postby spudseamus » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:35 pm

ok guys whats the Buzz word! :D fought a battle down here with greenies a few yrs ago about whether the honey bee was a pest or an integrated part of the eco system these days!!! :evil:
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Strum » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:11 pm

spudseamus wrote:fought a battle down here with greenies a few yrs ago about whether the honey bee was a pest or an integrated part of the eco system these days!!! :evil:



And? :D
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Postby spudseamus » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:10 am

we won the battle -- the pollination that the honey bee does is immeasurable !! they were carrying on about an introduced species and wanted it removed !! for Gods sake !! we won on a platform of science !! Having altered the eco system with European foods and such over the past 200 yrs it,the honey bee, had become part of the natural order here but i did say the battle not the war!! it goes on day after day !! and after 5 yrs on one commission I felt i had been burned out and for my healths sake I had to walk away!! but i do try to keep a finger in there now and again. :twisted:
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Postby Denis Cromie » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:03 pm

Good for YOU Spud. Keep fighting the GOOD FIGHT. :D
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Strum » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:43 pm

SAVE THE BEES! :D

Some nature photos from along the Shanganagh River...



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Postby Strum » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:54 pm

Thanks Misti. The colours are something else eh. All from an hour along the River.

Me and Farmboy are working on a Gardeners weekly Magazine. Or a "How to Fly upsidedown" one. :mrgreen:

Butterfly you say, hah. Things of the past around here.
I followed a Red Admiral for ages but couldn't get a decent shot. Amazing though how few there actually are anymore.

Look forward to seeing your photos. :D
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Postby Sinead » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:31 pm

Strum:

The flowers in your pictures are beautiful - is one of them an Orchid? Where did you find that growing. Wish I was able to take photos.
Did you give me that avitar? Thanks.

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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby grammer » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:46 pm

top class photos Strum -your the man -- :D :D
Id love to say what were you doing taking photos in my back garden :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
but thats like wishing for the LOTTO :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
I totally agree re the butterflies -
a couple of white ones only this summer no Admirals or others for that matter -
but wasps and bees seem to be doing ok
and there are plenty of birds everywhere -but over the last while there seems to be a shortage of magpies -yipppppeeeeeee-----noisy baskets-no loss
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Re: the honeybee -its future???????

Postby Strum » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:45 am

Sinead wrote:Strum:

The flowers in your pictures are beautiful - is one of them an Orchid? Where did you find that growing. Wish I was able to take photos.
Did you give me that avitar? Thanks.

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Thanks Sinéad. No not an Orchid. By the Shanganagh River. Ye kiddin'? :D
No they're Tulips. :D
The only others I know are the Bee in the Thistle, the Bee in the Red one, the Bee in the Yellow stuff, a Sweetpea, a Bud, some Virginia Creeper, my favourite, the "Tooth of the Lion" and the rest are well...Flowers. :D





I gave you a temporary avatar, that one kind of suited you for some reason. :mrgreen:

(I'll change it to whatever you want)
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Postby Lar » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:35 am

Great pictures strum.
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Postby Denis Cromie » Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:52 am

Strum them photos are absolutely brilliant,the clarity and colour are fantastic.
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Postby Sinead » Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:38 pm

It's the sweet pea that looks like an Orchid. Why don't you do a calendar with these pictures? I am sure you could earn 'a few quid' with them.

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Postby Jacqui » Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:36 am

Fantastic photos Strum...I agree with Sinead on that idea. 8-) :) :)
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