Bee Colony Collapse


I have been aware of the Bee Colony Collapse problem for a while and do what I can to encourage bees in my garden.  Personally I have seen more bees this year than any other.  However, I do know from reading other blogs that this is not the general trend and I was horrified to read on VP’s blog that it is predicted honey supplies will run out after Christmas here in the UK. This is not because I am mad about honey, although I am, but because this is an indicator that our bees are in crisis. 

We need to act now to find our what is happening and why?  Some one has described this as equivalent to mad cow disease. The British Bee Keepers marched on 10 Downing Street on the 7th November demanding more funding for research into Bee Collapse Colony.  We need to add our voices to this call.  If you would like to sign the petition you can access it at:

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

8 thoughts on “Bee Colony Collapse”

  1. Thanks for the petition link. The whole thing is very worrying, more so because I’m not sure what steps are being taken to discover the cause. Individuals and bee keepers are going public but I’m not seeing the government responding on any scale.

  2. Thanks for not only picking up my post, but then doing some further research and finding the petition. I’ll be off there pronto to add my name to the list.

  3. Hopefully there is sufficient research going on around the globe on this problem. In the meantime, we garden bloggers can continue to talk about CCD. Thank you. Gail

  4. The most recent information I’ve seen on CCD suggests that moving the bees around to pollinate crops in different areas stresses the bees, making them more susceptible to disease. A possible solution is for gardeners to become bee keepers, so that honeybees would not need to be trucked around to polliate orchards. I must admit that I am now tempted to give beekeeping a try.

  5. I fancy beekeeping but I live on a housing estate and I’m not sure if my neighbours would appreciate me taking up beekeeping.

  6. I did write about this last year and the Powers That Be (no pun intended) were not really happy with me, but, hello, does it take a brain surgeon to understand that if you move bees thousands of miles from their homebase on loud trucks to a place where they don’t even know where to find water, that this might be impacting their well beeing? (misspellingintentional). I adore bees. I wish we could all sign the petition, but I understand we have to start our own. I will be visiting a beekeeper shortly, so I will link back to the UK petition when I do. Thanks for finding and posting. xoxoxo

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