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Clean and green: Top 10…eco-friendly grooming products

Henry Gass

17th June, 2011

Whether you’re trying to get to grips with the concept of serum or just want a decent shampoo, Henry Gass has the lowdown on the eco-friendly grooming products that will do the trick for you and for the planet more...
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Super nature: creating a wildlife garden

Hazel Sillver

22nd March, 2011

From birds to dragonflies and butterflies to bees, Hazel Sillver explains how to turn your garden into a haven for wildlife more...
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Biodiversity begins with a Bee (according to Scottish Natural Heritage)

The Ecologist

27th January,2011

Scottish Natural Heritage launch a new film in the name of safeguarding biodiversity, complete with with sword-fighting and motorcycling bees... more...

Leaked document exposes risks to bees and insects from Bayer pesticide

Tom Levitt

3rd January, 2010

US government scientists flag up risks to bees and aquatic insects from neonicotinoid pesticide that biotech giant Bayer are trying to gain approval for use by farmers more...

British Beekeepers' Association to stop endorsing bee-killing pesticides

Alison Benjamin, guardian society editor

17th November, 2010

Beekeepers' group ends commercial relationship with pesticide manufacturer whose product killed bees more...
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Controversial pesticides linked to 'total ecological collapse' of insects and birds

Dearbhla Crosse and Tom Levitt

16th November, 2010

Widespread use of insecticides affecting bee populations but also causing decline in numbers of birds, butterflies and moths, warns Dutch toxicologist more...

PHOTO GALLERY: Breeding bees resistant to the varroa mite

Louis Rummer-Downing

22nd October, 2010

British honeybee populations have been decimated by the varroa mite, but hidden inside hives in deepest Cornwall, something very special is happening... more...
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'Unnecessary' weedkillers could undermine efforts to protect bee population

Dearbhla Crosse

12th October,2010

New research encouraging gardeners to increase bumblebee populations by planting flowers could be undermined by the use of weedkillers and pesticides, Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) warns more...
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Bees stung by 'climate change-linked' early pollination


7th September, 2010

Climate change may be causing flowers to open before bees emerge from hibernation leading to declines in pollination, new research suggests more...
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‘Growing body of evidence’ links pesticides to bee decline


5th August, 2010

Government and retailers, including B&Q and Wyevale, under pressure to impose a ban on sale of pesticides linked to bee population decline following new research more...
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Why are bees in decline? New research to provide the answers


22nd June, 2010

Nine new studies will look at the role of pesticides, habitat loss and disease in the decline of insect pollinators like the honeybee and bumblebee more...

Small-scale beekeepers threatened by colony losses


25th May, 2010

Continuing high winter losses in bee colonies is prompting fears about future of hobby beekeeping more...

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Heavy bee colony losses in US could lead to price rise


4th May, 2010

Beekeepers in US blame weather and starvation for another winter of heavy colony losses, which is likely to lead to rises in the cost of pollination more...

How to be an urban beekeeper

Theodora Tsentas

27th April, 2010

You don't need a smallholding and a meadow to be a budding apiarist - a few sensible precautions will let you fight honeybee decline with a hive in your own backyard more...
Tom Hodgkinson

Toughen up: bee disease is nothing new

Tom Hodgkinson

31st March, 2010

There's no great conspiracy around bee deaths - hive diseases have been with us for millennia. No one who keeps livestock should expect an easy ride... more...
Honey bees

Loss of forage biggest long-term threat to bees


8th January, 2010

Intensification of farming and subsequent decline in food sources rather than pesticides or disease seen as biggest threat to honey bees more...

Beekeeping for ecology, economy and food security

Jamie Skey

1st September, 2009

Bees Abroad, a UK beekeeping charity, has initiated a project to train and support Malawian beekeepers. Find out how you can help... more...
Help protect our honeybees

Help protect our honeybees

Laura Sevier

13th July, 2009

Neonicotinoid pesticides are killing our honeybees. Sign the Soil Association petition to help get it banned. Then take part in Twitter's 'Tweehive' - starting on 14th July more...
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Agri-chemical companies are both breeding and killing bees

Tom Levitt

13th October, 2009

Agri-chemical companies like Syngenta don’t just make the chemicals that have been blamed for the decline in bees; they also breed the bees that are being used as a replacement for wild pollinators more...
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Renewed call for pesticide ban to protect bees


14th September, 2009

Previous calls to ban neonicotinoids have been turned down by the UK government because of lack of evidence more...
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Extinct bumblebee will return to Britain in 2010


7th September

Short-haired bumblebee to be brought back from New Zealand and reintroduced into Kent more...

How best to create a wildlife-friendly garden? First, relax

Matilda Lee

3rd September, 2009

London's Pestival bugfest is back - showcasing a lazy gardener's dream and other ways to show our six-legged friends some love more...
In the News

Pesticide link to bee deaths


1st February, 2009

A former Washington scientific adviser has called for a worldwide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that have been implicated in the decline of the honeybee population. more...

Read The Label: Emulsifiers

Pat Thomas

14th December, 2008

Many mainstream toiletries’ incompatible ingredients require chemicals to bind them together. Pat Thomas considers the alternatives to this unholy alliance more...
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Campaign to save British Bees launched


12th February, 2008

The British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) will this week call for for a five-year £8m research programme to save the insect from colony collapse disorder (CCD). more...


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