Consultation on how to help honey bees

January 23, 2013



by Sandra Pearce


New plans have been unveiled to help beekeepers protect their hives from pests and reduce losses of bees.


Defra has outlined proposals which build on current policies to support beekeepers in identifying and managing pests such as the potentially devastating Varroa mite, which is considered the single greatest problem for beekeepers.


A consultation was published recently seeking views from all beekeepers on how best to provide more support to improve honey bee health.


There are an estimated 44,000 beekeepers in England and Wales, of which more than 99% keep bees as a hobby. The consultation is designed to ensure that these beekeepers, as well as our commercial bee farmers, have access to the latest information on dealing with pests.

The consultation will run until March 9.

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