Monday, 29 October 2012
Can we have too many bees?
The article states that in 2008 there were 1,617 (very precise number) bee colonies in London and the surrounding area and by this year, the number has more than doubled to 3,337; BUT the average honey yield from each hive has dropped - exact figures are going to be released in late october/early november. The London Beekeepers Association suspect that there may be more bees in London than there is food to sustain them.
With Bees, making sure they are well nourished must be pretty difficult. After all, even though they are classed as livestock, they're not fenced in and only the bestest James Bond type gadgets could ever tell the beekeeper what they get up to in a day.
creating a living green roof, planting a wildflower meadow, filling a window box with colourful bee-friendly blooms or donating to one of the many charities that have the land and the resources to do whatever is needed to support these tiny but essential creatures.
PS Does anyone know how many flowers are needed to support a colony of honey bees for one summer? I'd love to find that out