The Plight of The Honeybee

The alarming decline of honeybee populations has been in the news a lot recently. The Isle of Wight Festival chose to support a beeHoney feature project, Give Bees A Chance. as part of its Eco Action Partnership this year, and Jordan’s Cereals is running a Big Buzz campaign, giving away bee-friendly plants.

I first got interested in the global honeybee crisis when I was working on a feature for Australia and New Zealand magazine about honey in those two countries (click the thumbnail to read the full article).

Declining populations aren’t just bad news for honey production – the real concern is that without bees, plants and crops are not pollinated. It seems that there are several factors involved, but a parasitic virus is suspected as a major cause. The parasite has now spread to New Zealand but Australia is currently free of it.

In the UK, which also has the virus, the honeybee population has fallen by 10-15% in the last two years.Honeybees on a hive

There seems to be a growing awareness of the problem, and also a growth in people keeping their own bees (check out Urban Bees). And in  April, the the UK government announced some good news – another £8 million for research. Let’s hope it’s not too little too late.

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