Tag Archives: bumblebees

Are rhododendrons toxic to bees?

Short answer: it depends upon the rhododendrons and also on the bees. There was an interesting article recently in February’s BBKA News, ‘Bitter Sweet Nectar: Why Some Flowers Poison Bees’ by Stephanie Pain. It was all about sources of toxic nectar, including the common … Continue reading

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‘The Bees Knees’ – notes from a talk by Dave Goulson

I went to see bumble bee expert Dave Goulson speak recently at a London zoo lates talk. Security guards escorted the audience through the darkening zoo to the B.U.G.S (Biodiversity Underpinning Global Survival) House, giving us glimpses of graceful pink flamingoes … Continue reading

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What’s flowering now: late May

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post about what’s flowering now. Today at the London Wetland Centre I found plenty of flowers, so it seemed like a good time. Most people who go to the Centre come away with … Continue reading

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London Honey Show 2014: part 1, Dave Goulson

On Monday 6th October I went to the fourth annual London Honey Show, an event celebrating London’s honey and bees in general. As well as a honey tasting competition, there are stalls selling food, beekeeping books and beauty products, plus … Continue reading

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Book review: A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson (2013)

I bought this new book by Dave Goulson, founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, after hearing him speak at the ‘Future without bees‘ talk at the Southbank Centre. And it’s brilliant: entertaining, an insight into a life spent investigating nature … Continue reading

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Friends of the Earth ‘Bees in Danger’ awareness meeting, 21st November 2012: Part 2

A follow-on post from yesterday’s, on a Friends of the Earth ‘Bees in danger’ meeting I went to on Wednesday night. Our second talk of the evening was from Rob Mitton, an MSc student from Royal Holloway College, who explained … Continue reading

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Bee Keepers’ Day – The decline of insect pollinators

Yesterday I went to the Federation of Middlesex Beekeepers’ Associations annual ‘Bee Keepers’ Day‘. Each year the Middlesex associations (Ealing, Enfield, Harrow, North London, Pinner & Ruislip) take it in turn to host a day of beekeeping talks; this year … Continue reading

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