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Record your bee sightings

People in the South are being urged to record their sightings of bees after scientists at the University of Reading warned it would cost more than £1.8 billion every year to pollunate crops by hand if the insect died out.

More than 20 UK bee species are already extinct and about a quarter of the remaining 267 species are at risk. The results from the Great British Bee Count will be published in the Autumn.

The Great British Bee Count is a fantastic excuse to get outside and see bees in action - they're fascinating, beautiful and do a vital job. The data that people collect will do an important job to help scientists fill in the blanks about where bees are thriving - and where they're in trouble."

– Bee expert professor Dave Goulson

We hope that thousands of people download the app this summer - the great thing is that you don't need to be an expert, everyone can get involved and be part of the generation that helps save our bees. We want this to become an annual event as it's a great way for people to learn more about this iconic species and work out the best ways to help them."

– Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkins
  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Making a beeline for Kent

A project to reintroduce short-haired bumblebees to Kent entered its third year today - as a new group of Queen bees were brought to Dungeness. They'd been collected in Sweden, as the species became extinct in Kent in 1988.

It's hoped the queens will settle at the site and start breeding. David Johns went to see the release. He spoke to bumblebee expert Dr Nikki Gammans, the RSPB's Jane Sears, and volunteer Alan Kenworthy.


Man's neck impaled on branch after bee attack

A man has spoken of his lucky escape after he got his neck impaled on a tree branch while being chased by angry bees.

Jack Stark, of Yateley, was told by doctors that he was lucky he didn't sever his jugular vein and suffer a fatal injury.

The 18-year-old told the Aldershot News: “I certainly won’t be going anywhere near any bees any time soon.”

Death of bees to be discussed by Kent council

A third of bees in Kent have died because of bad weather. Credit: Nick Withers

A summit called by Kent County Council will today discuss the rise in the death of bees.

A third of them have died in the area due to the long winter, late spring and bad weather according to the British Beekeeper's Association.

The council will plan ways to rebuild the bee colonies with help from Kent people, organisations and businesses.

This loss of so many bees will have an impact on Kent's horticulture, as many products are pollinated by bees.

Kent County Council's Deputy Cabinet Member Sean Holden, who is responsible for rural affairs said, "We want to encourage the whole community to support these efforts to protect our bees.

"These creatures are vital to our well being, to our food, environment and economy."

Colony of rare bees found nesting in Oxfordshire

The bees nest at Howbery Business Park Credit: Howbery Business Park/Syncro
Dr Alan Brampton discovered the rare bees Credit: Howbery Business Park/Syncro

A thriving colony of rare bees has been found nesting in the grounds of Oxfordshire's Howbery Business Park.

It is thought that the nest is one of the most northerly recorded in the country since the Ivy bees were first spotted in Dorset in 2001.

The discovery was made by Dr Alan Brampton. He said, "The typical honey bee isn't active at this time of the year which is why I took a closer look at the colony of bees. The Ivy bees are a rare species for the UK."

The bees have chosen to nest in a landscaped bank, formed using sand recycled by the civil engineering and hydraulics organisation.


  1. Nia Mason

Save the bees: Volunteers create wildflower habitats

The region's bees remain under threat with the latest figures revealing a third of the south's colonies failed to survive this past winter. On the Isle of Wight there are plans to avoid cutting back vegetation on some roadsides to preserve habitats.

Another way of tackling the decline is to create new habitats and today volunteers began work on a new wildflower meadow at Titchfield Haven in Hampshire. When its complete it will be the sixty-second 'Bee World' created by the Friends of the Earth environmental group. Nia Mason reports.

The interviewees are Tim Pratt, the Co-ordinator, Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth; Karima Englefield, Assistant Ranger at the Titchfield National Haven Nature Reserve; and Caroline Dinenage (Conservative), Karima Englefield, Assistant Ranger at the Titchfield National Haven Nature Reserve; and Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport.

'Bee World' creation at haven

European Union voted to ban certain pesticides because it was so concerned about the fate of bees Credit: Press Association Images

A wildflower area in Hampshire is being created to help bees. It's one of more than 60 'Bee Worlds' springing up around the country providing a purpose built habitat to reverse the insect's decline.

The area in Titchfield Haven will have long lasting flowers providing vital food for threatened bees and other pollinating insects.

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