2015 higher than 2014

Friends of the Honey Bee is committed to restoring the health of the UK honey bee population by funding research into the Varroa mite and working with partners across the United Kingdom to improve the environment for bees. The healthier our bees are, the stronger they are to survive the winter. And winters are getting colder. This year’s Winter Loss Survey by the British Beekeepers Association shows just why this is so important – and why we must act now to avoid disaster. The survey is the most accurate record we have of bee numbers and the statistics make for grim reading. The trend shows how a harsh winter like last year’s can devastate colonies weakened by lack of food and varroa mite infection:

  • 2008/9 – losses 19%
  • 2009/10 – losses 18%
  • 2010/11 – losses 14%
  • 2011/12 – losses 16%
  • 2012/13 – losses 34%
  • 2013/2014 – losses 9.6%
  • 2014/2015 – losses 14.5%

Last year’s winter losses showed an increase compared to the relative good news of those of 2013/14. While 14.5% may appear low, we mustn’t forget either that these figures are averages for the country. Further analysis reveals losses in every region – even the relatively warm East and South East regions – and some areas show signs of significant decline. In the Western region, for example, winter losses reached 18%. It is thought by many that 5% is the most sustainable level of loss acceptable so work still remains to be done. Please act now and help us in our campaign to put the buzz into Britain’s landscape again.

Join Friends of the Honey Bee today. See the latest survey results on Winter Losses from the British Beekeepers Association here

Bee a Hero! Help fund our work into researching the Varroa mite and building awareness of planting for bees here

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