Free-Bees From The Co-operative.

Hi,

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Wishing you a fine day!

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Last year The Co-Operative, which has about 600 bee hives on it’s farmland all over the UK, began a pilot scheme in Manchester to try to make people aware of the plight of the Honeybee.

They hoped that this new awareness would cause people to want to help preserve and protect them.

People with allotments in Manchester were helped to begin bee keeping.

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The scheme offered people a free 2 day course in beekeeping to familiarise them with the techniques and knowledge needed.

They were also offered free kits and free bees, along with easy to use plastic ”Beehaus’ bee hives.

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Bees can be kept in small areas such as balconies, rooftops and inner city gardens.

This is supported by the government backed agency ‘Natural England’, which hopes to encourage everyone to keep bees.
After all, honey is a wonderful resource for many reasons.

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Honeybee numbers have been declining alarmingly.

Their plight is dreadful ,as they are now rapidly dying out due to disease and pests such as the Varroa Mite, plus a shortage of their favourite wild flowers such as white Campion, Corncockle, Cornflowers and Poppies.

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No one is sure exactly what has suddenly gone so wrong, but bees have gone largely unappreciated, given that they are needed to pollinate crops worth hundreds of millions of pounds annually.

This depletion must be prevented by whatever means are possible.

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There is now a concentrated effort to try to find the remaining areas where there are still the black native honey bees.

Hopefully these can be used to breed a hardier line of Queen Bees than the Italian bee, which is used in most hives at the moment.

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This year The Co-operative is extending the ‘Plan Bee’ scheme to other areas of Manchester, as well as cities such as London and Inverness, where it is hoped hundreds of people will take the free courses and begin to keep hives.

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It is said that Albert Einstein stated that ‘If bees became extinct then mankind would have as little as four years left’.

The government says that the number of Honeybees has halved between 1985 and 2005.

Their numbers are falling by up to 12% per year, so they do not have long.

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It would take millions of people to do the work of the tiny and wonderful Honeybees.

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The Co-operative is also offering free seed packets of all the Honeybees favourite flowers, in the hope of replacing the habitats which have been destroyed.

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Isn’t it awful to consider all of the damage which has and is being done to natural creatures and their habitats.

But this is a marvellous initiative in every way.

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Long Live The Honeybee.

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Have a  honeysweet day.

Jaksie x.

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The Honey Bee lifecycle.

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Taster about setting up a hive.

From YouTube.


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That should help keep you buzzy.
Sorry!

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Honey bee swarm capture.

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