Thursday, 22 January 2009

Good news for honeybees

It surprised me when my post a few weeks ago about the plight of the honeybee generated the second largest number of visits to my blog (beaten only when the supporters of Darlington Football Club descended on the blog after I criticised the club for their happy hour beer policy).

And now there is good news: research into the decline in the British bee population has been boosted this week as Defra has announced a £4.3 million plan to attack the problem. The money will be used to support the National Bee Unit in its work to research the health of bees and to protect them from dangers of disease.

Announcing the plan, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: “Bees are vulnerable to a number of threats. Pests and diseases, when combined with poor summers can leave colonies unable to survive the winter. We must get to grips with this, to see just how serious a problem it is, what the impacts on pollination are, and what we can do in response.”

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