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Whether you love or hate bees, there is no denying that we all need them. But with the wet summers and harsh winters we've had, the bee population is shrinking rapidly.
At one farming estate in the Midlands, they've lost 102 of their 150 hives. So they've taken drastic action by importing £10,000 worth of bees, from Italy - to try to boost numbers. Kate Fisher reports.
£10,000 worth of bees are arriving in Ludlow today from Italy to repopulate 102 hives lost following the poor weather.
A Queen Bee will be placed in a hive before keepers open a box of the new arrivals and wait for them to swarm towards the Queen.
At Ludlow Food Centre their bee hives have taken a hit over the last 18 months following the bad weather.
They fed their bees a sugar solution over the winter to keep them alive. It seemed to be working, but they ended up losing 102 or their 105 hives.
Bees are being brought from Europe to Ludlow Food Centre, to replace the hives that have declined in recent years.
In Ludlow, 102 out of the 150 hives have gone, which is believed to be mainly down to bad weather.
The Food Centre has spent £10,000 importing the bees from the continent.
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£10,000 is being spent on bringing bees from Italy to Ludlow to replace 102 hives lost during the poor weather.