Image Credit: Erwin Bosman
Bees are probably one of the most economically useful creatures on earth, pollinating a third of all we eat. They provide more than 50% of pollination of wild plants on which birds and mammals depend.
But honey bees across the world under threat because of virulent viruses transferred by the varroa mite. Nearly all colonies in the wild have died out and without beekeepers to care for them honey bees could disappear in a few years.
Tim Lovett, President of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), said: We must identify what is killing them, and that means research." The worldwide calamity of disappearing bees is seen by scientists as 'the canaries in the cage', sending out warning signals about the health of the environment.
Dr Ivor Davis, Master Beekeeper and trustee of the BBKA suggests ten things which everyone can do to help preserve our honey bees.
You can also help the bee population by joining The Soil association's Keep Britain Buzzing campaign, which is supporting as ban on all nicotinoid pesticides, which are strongly implicated in bee deaths...