Patrick Murfet says he tried to import bees via Northern Ireland but was told they would be destroyed. A beekeeper trying to bring 15 million bees into the UK says he has been told they must be seized and burned because of post-Brexit laws. Murfet wants to import the baby Italian bees for his Kent business and … More Brexit rules mean 15 million baby bees may be seized and burned, says beekeeper.
Many farmers are used to sharing big equipment — like tractors and other costly machinery — with neighboring farms. Sharing cuts costs, lowers the farmer’s debt load, and increases community wellbeing. But big machinery might not be the only opportunity for farmers to reap the benefits of cost-sharing with their neighbors. New research suggests that … More Bee neighborly — sharing bees helps more farmers.
Urban beekeeping has been touted as a way to boost pollination and improve sustainability, food security and biodiversity in cities. Many people and businesses who’ve added beehives to their backyards and rooftops (including CBC) say they’re doing it to help fight declines in bee populations. But researchers say urban beekeepers are likely doing just the opposite when it comes … More Urban beekeeping can be bad for wild bees.