The Bee Brief (19-8-14)

National and other news about bees and beekeeping:

a) Did you know that 16 Aug was National Honeybee Day in the US? It sounds like a really good initiative. Details at http://www.nationalhoneybeeday.com/

b) The arguments continue over use of chemicals and their effects on bees and other pollinators – http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/aug/08/sweet-victory-beekeepers-monsanto-gm-soybeans

c) A new biopesticide is being developed – which apparently doesn’t kill bees: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1787/20140619.full.pdf

d) In Oxfordshire, the County Council is working to actively support beekeeping: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11402227.A_hive_of_activity_to_recover_our_dwindling_bee_colonies/

e) In Bristol, the first weekend in September will see the Bee and Pollination Festival, an annual event that seems to be increasingly popular: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/botanic-garden/events/2014/158.html

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