Bumblebees and their ecology

My article “Do neonicotinoids affect other wildlife as well as bees? The new DDT?” made me realise that to keep abreast of this mounting evidence that they do affect other non targeted wildlife, I decided to collate science papers and corresponding press articles to allow people who don’t generally have access to the scientific knowledge enabling you to make […]

Managing Solitary bees in my garden I am regularly asked why do I manage my solitary bees instead of just leaving them outdoors like most other people inside their bee house. I find it absolutely fascinating, educational and interesting. I have learnt so much about their ecology, foraging, species using them, nesting, biology and the […]

Will the UK retain the neonicotinoid moratorium post-brexit? By Prof. Dave Goulson With thanks to Prof. Goulson for permission to use this article. Original here A couple of weeks ago the Society of Chemical Industry held a meeting in London to discuss “Are neonicotinoids killing bees?” As you might guess from the name of the people organising […]

Are honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees safe from the Asian Hornet? The Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina, or yellow legged hornet, is the first invasive predator of honeybees and has now arrived in the UK. It is known to have caused serious problems for European honeybees Apis mellifera. Hives provide a large food resource, concentrated in a small area. As […]

Have bees affected our lives? On a very simplistic level, most of us know that bees provide us with fruit, honey and in the case of bumblebees, the sound of summer, with their buzzing as they busily brighten our blooms. We have formed an unequal partnership with bees for many 100s years. Typically it has, in the main, […]

Neonicotinoids, a new inadvertent contraceptive for bees? Not only may neonicotinoids be the new DDT, researchers have already found that neonicotinoids can reduce bumblebee queen reproduction by 85%! And now the latest research (see below) shows that neonicotinoids can reduce honeybee drone (male) sperm viability by 39% and reduce their lifespan. How much longer can our bees and other […]

Bee Festival Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July 2016 With all these free activities and lectures, at Ryton Organic Gardens, if you do manage to get a minute, come and meet me at my stall with my Nurturing Nature award winning bee boxes!! Activities Free talks, walks and plants Free entry to Ryton Organic Gardens […]

Six queens persuaded to nest 2016…. not all were successful I derive great pleasure in attracting queen bumblebees to nest in my wildlife garden. Its a part of spring/summer for me! This year I persuaded 6 to start nesting. I had two successful nest boxes. By successful I mean when I attract a queen to nest, she […]

Kew Gardens take possession of award winning wild bee nest boxes Nurturing Nature Bumblebee nest boxes formed part of the huge and impressive “Hive”  as well as being used elsewhere at Kew for bumblebee research by Dr. Hauke Koch ” The bumblebee boxes worked well although the wet weather did not help the bumblebees!” “The solitary […]

The Gladiator bumblebee, Bombus vestalis, is a cuckoo bumblebee Yes we have all heard of cuckoo birds. Cuckoos and their rather anti social behaviour are known to many people. But did you know there are species of bees and wasps that are also cuckoos? Queen bumblebees emerging after hibernation may have to fight to the death […]