Is there honey still for tea?

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REATING oilseed rape with neon­i­coti­noid in­sec­ti­cides is con­tribut­ing to a ‘large-scale and long-term de­cline’ in wild bees, new re­search by the Cen­tre for ecol­ogy & Hy­drol­ogy shows. Sci­en­tists re­viewed records for 62 bee species over 17 years and found that de­clines were three times greater among species that reg­u­larly feed on the crop, com­pared with those that for­age on a range of flow­ers.

How­ever, the pa­per’s lead author, Ben Wood­cock, con­cludes that ‘neon­ics’ are not wholly to blame. Dr Wood­cock says: ‘Wild bees have un­der­gone global de­clines that have been linked to habi­tat loss and frag­men­ta­tion, pathogens, cli­mate change and other in­sec­ti­cides.’

TThe re­port con­cludes: ‘Re­stric­tions on neon­i­coti­noid use may re­duce pop­u­la­tion de­clines.’ The in­sec­ti­cides have been banned un­der eu law, although De­fra al­lowed tem­po­rary con­ces­sions for a few oilseed-rape farms. The eu’s re­view of the sit­u­a­tion is due in Jan­uary.

Weather has been a prob­lem for do­mes­tic bees this year and honey could be in short

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