DEAD BEES have been spotted in the streets around Hedon over the last week, and we are appealing to readers across the town to tell us if you too have noticed anything unusual with our local pollinators?
The dead insects seem to be mainly bumble bees but have included a variety of other kinds as well – as these pictures testify. It is not being suggested that anything sinister is going on with our local bee population; sudden deaths can be caused by extreme changes in weather and we are currently in a heatwave, but there is nobody who is actually monitoring the situation locally.
DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has described threats to bee populations and other pollinators from: land use (change of land use), local environmental impacts (such as the impacts from the mis-use of pesticides and other agrochemicals), weather and climate change, and pests and diseases (although not that much is known about the impacts on the wild population – only honey bees which are a managed species).
“Our pollinators face many threats and there are growing concerns that these threats are leading to declines in diversity and the geographical ranges of individual species. There is no single threat that seems to be driving this change; intensification in land-use, habitat loss, pests, diseases, invasive species, inappropriate use of agrochemicals and climate change are all thought to be playing a part.” – DEFRA review
Bees are an essential component of local agriculture. Crops rely, at least in part, on visits by bees to produce seeds and fruits.
We are asking Hedon Blog readers to let us know if you have seen dead bees; where, when and in what numbers?
Contact us by leaving a comment below, or e-mail your story or unusual photographs (stating location and date) to us at email@example.com – your help and observation will be much appreciated. We will collect the information and pass that on to DEFRA.
Photos: Taken between Thursday and Saturday (25th – 27th July) are samples of about 28 photographs taken on footpaths leading out of Hedon.