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Bee decline already having dramatic effect on pollination
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stevecook172001 wrote:
my study frigging window.


Shocked You study frigging? Are there grants available for this type of research?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

katie wrote:
This afternoon, as I passed my herb bed, there were a couple of bumble bees & four smaller bees happily abiding on the chive flowers.


I've noticed there are so few you can count them. A few years ago counting would have been difficult.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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here we see the dangers of letting researchers have any spare time. They might come up with something that goes against corporate interests. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodburner wrote:
stevecook172001 wrote:
my study frigging window.


Shocked You study frigging? Are there grants available for this type of research?
Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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An action plan to protect Wales' bees, which have been in severe decline for the last 30 years, is being drawn up.

The value of bees and other pollinators to the UK government is estimated to be 430 million a year.

Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths is trying to halt the bee decline by creating the pollinator plan, which he said was a UK first.

Proposals include planting more bee-friendly plants in areas such as railway embankments and road verges.

Article continues ...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're organising a Festival of Flowers and Bees in Louth for next spring, May-ish.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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We're organising a Festival of Flowers and Bees in Louth for next spring, May-ish.

Excellent - will you be getting some bees?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you move back to Louth.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pollination in our garden has definitely improved now that we keep bees.

Actually we have loads of bees around the garden these days, I can't identify all the bumbly types but they are everywhere.

Perhaps my hectic and weedy gardening style helps? I've been collecting flower seed from alround and spreading it in little wild corners where some have really taken off. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BBC News - 27/07/12

An action plan to protect Wales' bees, which have been in severe decline for the last 30 years, is being drawn up.

The value of bees and other pollinators to the UK government is estimated to be 430 million a year.

Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths is trying to halt the bee decline by creating the pollinator plan, which he said was a UK first.

Proposals include planting more bee-friendly plants in areas such as railway embankments and road verges.

Article continues ...

There's no mention of the 'N' word, neonicotinoid, in that article.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meanwhile in Scotland there's trouble in academe:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/bee-protection-group-under-fire-for-failing-to-fight-pesticide-armageddon.18271390
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's reached the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/nature-notes/9440663/Should-Britain-ban-pesticides-blamed-for-killing-bees.html
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Yet more bad news for bees

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This emerging parasite is more susceptible to cold than its original close relative, possibly reflecting its presumed origin in east Asia.

In the face of rising global temperatures, our findings suggest that it will increase in prevalence and potentially lead to increased honey bee colony losses in Britain.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biospheres immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAw_Zzge49c


http://www.fungi.com/beefriendly.html


Obviously initiatives like this simply cannot counter the staggering volumes of chemicals being drenched over everything, but until convention ever gets to the point of admitting that it simply hasn't a fecking clue what it's doing then it should at the very least listen to folk such as Stamets.

To leave plenty of rotting stuff around for a 'mycelium lick' (although I dare say there's a lot more than that going on) wouldn't take much effort and zero to lose.

Hope the links are of interest.
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"Claims that glyphosate has a negative impact on honey bees are simply not true. No large-scale study has found any link between glyphosate and the decline of the honeybee population,” a Monsanto spokesperson said in a statement


So there you go - it's true, glyphosate is killing bees, other insects and flowers. Plain as day, Monsanto/Bayer said it and I quote them word-for-word above.

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will transnational corporations ever be able to concede that their products are harmful to the environment, if such honesty would mean losing many millions, even billions of dollars in profit? Tragically, it seems that mankind’s level of common sense has not yet reached such a level of development

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