The UK's National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire – the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK. The Asian hornet is smaller than the native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.
Simple actions to help pollinators are being promoted by Environment Minister, Lord de Mauley, in the hope of encouraging people to do their bit to support insects such as bees and butterflies. Whether people live in a town or in the countryside, they are being urged to help create or improve a habitat for pollinators in five simple ways: Grow more nectar and pollen-rich flowers, shrubs and trees Leave patches of land to grow wild Cut grass less often Avoid ...
Scientists at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have identified a number of risks posed to bees by three neonicotinoid insecticides. The Authority was asked by the European Commission to assess the risks associated with the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam as seed treatment or as granules, with particular regard to: their acute and chronic effects on bee colony survival and development; their effects on bee larvae and bee behaviour; and the risks posed by ...