Bees

  • Asian Elephants Avoid Bees

    For the first time, research has shown that Asian elephants are scared of honey bees. Like their counterparts in Africa, they respond with alarm, a finding that will help resolve conflict between humans and crop-raiding elephants.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st March 2018
  • Late-Nesting Birds and Bees Face Habitat Threat

    Birds and bumblebees that nest late in the year are suffering more from the destruction of habitat. As habitats disappear across the world, fewer nest sites results in greater competition, and species declines.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th June 2017
  • Bumblebee Under Protection

    The rusty patched bumblebee now has protection under the US Endangered Species Act, after threats such as habitat loss has caused an 87% decline in numbers since the 1990s.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th January 2017
  • Honey Bee Colony Losses

    Honey bee losses reinforce what sciences continues to tell us; we must take immediate action to restrict pesticides contributing to bee declines.

    By Alex Taylor on 24th May 2016
  • Polli:Nation

    ‘Free’ pollination by bees and other insects is worth over £400m** to UK agriculture each year but their numbers are in severe decline. This innovative project will engage 260 schools to help transform their grounds into pollinator-friendly habitats.

    By Guest Bloggers on 27th July 2015
  • Bees using plastic waste to build hives

    Researchers discovered that two solitary bee species in Canada are using polyurethane and polyethelene-based plastics in the formation and closing of their brood cells.

    By Grace Dickins on 19th March 2014
  • Ants: the most complex of the pests.

    They evolved from a vespoid wasp and have lost their permanent wings, however most species will develop into winged insects when it is time to mate.

    By Richard Hassall on 15th May 2012
  • Pesticides linked to Bee Decline

    Neonicotinoids are systematic pesticides, which means that they are taken up by every part of the plant, including the pollen and the nectar.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th April 2012
  • Plant a Flower to Save a Bumblebee

    Take the fox glove as an example; it has evolved specific adaptations to attract and facilitate the bumblebee, its main pollinator.

    By Richard Hassall on 28th February 2012