Author Archive: Nick Holmes

Royal Jelly – a story by Roald Dahl

http://adventuresinbeeland.com/2015/12/05/royal-jelly-a-story-by-roald-dahl If you’ve ever read Roald Dahl’s short stories for adults, you’ll know they’re very different in tone to his more famous children’s books. My mum had both his Kiss Kiss and Switch Bitch collections and I re-read them quite a few… (READ MORE)

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New long-range micro backpacks for bees could provide vital information – Phys.Org

http://phys.org/news/2015-12-long-range-micro-backpacks-bees-vital.html The partner organisation is The Apiary Enterprise Limited, who are keen to fund research into honey-bee tracking in both temperate and tropical environments to identify the foraging range of the bee under differing climatic and environmental conditions.Bangor University’s bee… (READ MORE)

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Herbicides, not insecticides biggest threat to bees, beekeeper says – Delta Farm Press

http://deltafarmpress.com/soybeans/herbicides-not-insecticides-biggest-threat-bees-beekeeper-says Land is purple with henbit blooming. By the end of March, it’s all gone because farmers burned it down with chemicals to try to kill everything in the field before they plant,” says Johnny Thompson, vice president of the… (READ MORE)

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More about hive monitoring

https://apiarylandlord.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/more-about-hive-monitoring/ I am a volunteer for Hughenden Manor where I began solely as a beekeeper on an entirely volunteer run bee project and became a web editor and newsletter editor. We have a separate blog about the project on WordPress… (READ MORE)

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Finnish research shows ‘no immediate impact’ of neonicotinoids on bees – Genetic Literacy Project

http://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/12/04/finnish-research-shows-no-immediate-impact-of-neonicotinoids-on-bees/ Finnish research shows ‘no immediate impact’ of neonicotinoids on beesGenetic Literacy ProjectThe GLP aggregated and excerpted this press release to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Research conducted in Finland on neonicotinoid seed treatment has yielded different… (READ MORE)

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A beekeeper’s notes for November

http://missapismellifera.com/2015/12/13/a-beekeepers-notes-for-november In November the leaves fall from the trees and the drones fall from the hive. The trees are preparing to rest for winter as their leaves drop to the ground, and the bees are getting ready to close the… (READ MORE)

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Ban on pesticide which affects bees – The Argus

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14117306.Ban_on_pesticide_which_affects_bees/?ref%3Drss The UK government has always argued that neonicotinoid pesticides do not threaten bees. Instead it has suggested high honeybee losses in recent years are due to the parasitic varroa mite which spreads viruses, and wet summers that prevent bees… (READ MORE)

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Bangor bees could buzz around wearing backpacks – Daily Post North Wales

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/bangor-bees-could-buzz-around-10586288 Bangor bees could buzz around wearing backpacksDaily Post North WalesA pair of leading academics at Bangor University have announced plans to try to kit honey bees out with backpacks – the size of two grains of rice. The miniscule… (READ MORE)

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Politicians ‘get more emails about decline of bees than air strikes against … – Western Morning News

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Politicians-8216-emails-decline-bees-air-strikes/story-28314335-detail/story.html The decline in Britain’s bee population prompted more emails of concern than the Commons vote on air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, a Tory MP has said. Rebecca Pow, Mp for Taunton Deane in Somerset, said she had… (READ MORE)

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What we can learn from the ancient Egyptian practice of beekeeping – PRI

http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-12-02/what-we-can-learn-ancient-egyptian-practice-beekeeping “The god Re wept, and the tears from his eyes fell on the ground and turned into a bee. The bee made his honeycomb and busied himself with the flowers of every plant and so wax was made and… (READ MORE)

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