Wednesday, August 13, 2008

One in Three UK Beehives Wiped Out

Honeybee Population Collapses in UK as One in Three Hives Wiped Out in a Year
By Arthur Martin, The Daily Mail (UK), 8/13/2008

The number of honeybees in the UK has dramatically declined this year, according to a survey of beekeepers.

It found that nearly one in three beehives were wiped out during the winter and spring, prompting fears of a shortage of honey.

A decline in the honeybee could mean that the pollination of fruits and vegetables is not as extensive as usual.

The reported losses, by the British Beekeepers' Association, are markedly higher than the Government's figure earlier this year, which put the number of colonies lost at one in five…

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