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Bees

This is a group for people who are concerned about the decline of bees, and are working locally to help them or would like to get involved.

Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign is currently calling for a national bee action plan while raising awareness of the need to help bees.

Locally, many groups and individuals have been planting bee-friendly plants and Hackney Council has created several new wildflower meadows.

Please use this group to share what you are doing to help bees - as well as news or photos of bees that you've seen in Hackney.

Website: http://www.foe.co.uk/groups/hackney/
Location: Biodiversity
People: 12
Latest Activity: Sep 12, 2015

Links

Hackney's 50 bee species - A Talk by Russell Miller 16 June 2016

Bee Walk at West Hackney Rec June 2016

Capital Bee - campaigning for a bee-friendly London.

Royal Horticultural Society: lists of recommended wild flowers and
cultivated flowers that are 'Perfect for Pollinators.'

River of Flowers - a project to sow corridors of wildflowers throughout London and beyond.

Hackney Citizen article about the bee campaign, and what you can do to help bees.

News story on the Tower Habitats website about the campaign, and Hackney & Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth's recent 'bee walk.'

Report of the bee walk on Friends of the Earth's website.

Discussion Forum

Friends of the Earth bee campaign and new RHS research

Started by Katherine Pitt Sep 12, 2015. 0 Replies

Couple of things:1. Friends of the Earth is taking the government to court over it's decision to allow the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in some areas of England this autumn.…Continue

Tags: pesticides, pollinators, bees, biodiversity

Are there too many bees in London?!

Started by Katherine Pitt. Last reply by Katherine Pitt Nov 1, 2012. 2 Replies

Article from the BBC website which reports that the London Beekeepers Association is saying that there may be too many beehives in central London while at the same time there is not enough food…Continue

Good Food for London Report 2012 - bees and honey

Started by Katherine Pitt. Last reply by Tim Evans Oct 31, 2012. 3 Replies

According to the Good Food for London report 2012, Hackney 'has made a commitment to…Continue

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Comment by Katherine Pitt on June 21, 2013 at 17:13

Please sign Friends of the Earth's petition asking Lord de Mauley (minister for environment, food & rural affairs) to introduce a national bee action plan. It only takes a few moments..

Comment by Tim Evans on June 17, 2013 at 20:07

Katherine said:

"Over one third of hives have been lost"

Well, that's one third of hives belonging to BBKA members. Many 'natural' beekeepers are not BBKA members because of BBKA's hostility, and so aren't reported in the survey. BBKA members often use imported Italian bees, not adapted for the UK winter. They often take so much honey that they have to routinely sugar-feed in the autumn and early spring. And hives may make a difference - the (BBKA-disapproved) hives we use at the Tree Nursery for example are known to allow bees to winter on 25-30% less stores, we left them plenty of honey, and both wintered well. It would be interesting to know the non-BBKA survival rate.

Also, it's only kept honeybees. We don't know how wild bees did, or even feral honeybees.

Comment by Katherine Pitt on June 13, 2013 at 18:39

Grim news about honeybees today. Over one third of hives have been lost owing to the cold, wet spring.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22861651http://

Comment by James Diamond on April 29, 2013 at 12:08

Bee deaths: EU to ban neonicotinoid pesticides

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22335520

Comment by Katherine Pitt on April 25, 2013 at 6:23

Troubling news from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology on the cocktail of threats that pollinators are facing.

Comment by Katherine Pitt on March 15, 2013 at 19:18

Re the Avaaz petition asking the EU to ban bee-harming pesticides: sadly it was to no avail.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/15/bee-harming-pesti...

Comment by Russell Miller on March 14, 2013 at 19:58

The destruction of the Abney eastern woodland edge(Wilmer place development) will destroy approx 300sqm of foraging habitat for bees.

This is a common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) feeding on woody nightshade in Wilmer Place last August.  I also saw 3 other species on a brief visit but have yet to id them.

Urgent objections to Wilmer Place development required now.

Comment by Katherine Pitt on March 14, 2013 at 19:18

Another petition from Avaaz - ask the Environment Minister to urge the EU not to cave in to the pesticide lobby and go ahead with the ban on neonicotinoids.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/bye_bye_killers_uk/?afyQHab

Comment by Colin Harris on March 3, 2013 at 21:36

signed :)

Comment by Katherine Pitt on March 1, 2013 at 14:20

Wild bees and other pollinators have been found to be twice as effective as honeybees in pollinating crops, according to an article on the Guardian website today.

 

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