Louth Festival of the Bees


Conference Day Thursday 23rd May

Art Exhibition 17th to 23rd May

Concert for the Bees Sunday 26th May

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We may not, single handed, be able to stop war, cure disease, end hunger, or save the planet, but we can, each of us, plant some flowers that give the bees and other small creatures a better chance and make our world a little more beautiful.

Tweet: Paul Bee @solitarybee Finally, the first proper UK 'all-bees' festival?

Update 24th June 2013

The Louth Bee Lectures

These talks were given at the Conference Day. They are available to download and listen to from here:

Thanks to Mike Barwise of Wild Soundscape for making this possible.

Following Louth’s success in the summer of 2012 The Royal Horticultural Society Britain In Bloom competition when Louth was awarded Silver Gilt, we can but aim for Gold in 2013. In describing 'Areas of Achievemnet' the judges made special mention of the Gatherums and Spout Yard and said that the "Community Herb Garden is a bold initiative". In their suggestions for future development the judges said "Consider involving someone with conservation and wildlife interests...evidence of recycling arrangements, and policies for minimising waste and increasing sustainability. Wildlife / Wildflower interpretation boards would greatly enhance the visitor experience".

With these issues in mind, the Louth In Bloom group held The Louth Festival of the Bees in which Transition Town Louth organised a Conference Day of workshops, displays and lectures on Thursday 23rd May 2013 at the British Legion Hall, and a week-long art exhibition, Wildflowers and their Pollinators:Art and Science at McKinnell's Studio Upstairs, on a bee and wildflower related theme.

Contributers to the Conference Day on the 23rd of May included:

  • Brigit Strawbridge, campaigner for bees, speaking about bumble & solitary bees, their importance as pollinators, life cycles & behaviour, reasons for their decline and what we can do to help them.
  • Mark Schofield, botanist Lincs Wildlife Trust, project manager Life on the Verge, describing Lincolnshire's wildflowers and attempts to record and them and manage their habitats.
  • Val Littlewood, artist, author of Buzz - A Celebration of British Wild Bees and their Flowers, brought a display of her paintings of bees.
  • Jane Bayley of La Maison Anglaise (AKA Centre Environnemental et Culturel) described her work in developing beekeeping in Morocco.
  • Elizabeth Gowing brought us a taste of honey from around the world and told of how she became invoved with the beekeepers of Kosovo. Listen to her on Radio 4.
  • Sam Gandy Field Ecologist at Leicester University shared his knowledge on topics from the nutritional value of propolis to the Mexican Honey-wasp and what we know about insecticides, giving some insights into the work of a practicing scientist.
  • Peter Brinch of Open Pollinated Seeds discussed the important subject of the natural ways of propagation and regeneration in the plant kingdom, encouraging us to use open-pollinated rather than F1 hybrid seeds in our gardens.
  • Mike Barwise as well as bringing his Wild Soundscape to the Art Exhibition talked about his Public Amenity Grassland Project, focussing attention on the commonplace. We can all get involved in the Public Grassland Management Survey.
  • Simon Croson of The Artisan Honey Company brought his 'virtual beehive' of photograhs as well as supplying bee products for sale. Here's Simon's article in the Guardian on photographing bees.
  • Shaun D'Arcy-Burt had a selection of heritage apple trees for sale and discussed fruit cultivation and pollination.
  • Lorraine Bellis of Bellis Perenisshared her horticultural experiences.
  • Rick Arron demonstrated and promoted the work of The Master-Gardeners.
  • Bee Fayrebrought their wonderfull collection of bee-related products.
  • The Really English Card Company sold greetings cards containing packets of bee-friendly flower seeds collected from the garden of the artist and wild-flower gardener, Twink Addison.
  • Most importantly, the local Womens' Institute will be brought cake, honey-cake. It was all sold, all too quickly.
  • And of course our local beekeepers the Louth District Bee Keepers were on hand to demonstrate, help and advise.

The Art Exhibition 'Wildflowers and their Pollinators - Art and Science', was held at McKinnells Studio Upstairs.

Promoting the work of botanical artists and those finding beauty in insects, Transition Town Louth staged a bee and wildflower themed art exhibition as part of The Louth Festival of the Bees. It was a meeting of the visual arts with the sciences of botany, zoology and ecology, to inspire and to educate. There was painting and drawing, photography, sculpture and stained glass, with the works interpreted through scientific eyes and set to Mike Barwise’s Wild Soundscape installation.

Bringing together some of Britain’s most renowned wildlife painters and photographers and local talent from Lincolnshire, the artists included Mary Findell, Maxim Griffin, Chris Hibbins , Pat Hickson, Cath Hodsman, May Jones, Val Littlewood, Rowan McOnegal, Donna Peterson, Janet Robinson, Johnathan Stead, Biff Vernon, Delia Wakerley, Jane Watson, and Gary Woods.
Interpretive texts highlighted the subjects' ecology, the interaction between wildflowers and their pollinators and human intrusion into their environment.

  • Jonathan Stead exhibited some of his utterly stunning hand coloured silver gelatin prints of flowers. Still life: Collander and Roses, was probably the most popular piece in the show.
  • There was a chance to buy prints and cards of Cath Hodsman's work, one of Britains leading wildlife artists specialising in painting bees and other insects.
  • Gary Woods showed a couple of examples of his interpretations of nature through photography.
  • May Jones's series of eight paintings of a dandelion flower, from bud to blown-away seed head was much admired.
  • Maxim Griffin showed a couple of bee pictures from his new collection of remarkable graphics.
  • Rowan McOnegal displayed examples of her bees painted on stained glass, both in the Art Exhibition and on the Conference Day.
  • Biff Vernon exhibited a panel of six bees in stained glass.
  • Central to the exhibition was the work of the Horncastle Botanical Painters.
  • An interactive installation, by Biff Vernon, comprising modern microscpoes, books modern and old, bee identification charts and flower and insect specimens, all on an 18th centruy table, showed the study-place of an amateur naturalist.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust demonstrated all the excellent work they do in the county, recruiting new members and offering wildflower plug-plants and seeds for sale. There were opportunities to find out about the work of the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership, GLNP.

The Louth Festival of the Bees is working in association with the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marsh Project, which dedicated May 2013 as the Month of the Bee across the wider Lincolnshire Marsh area.

Download the newsletter of the Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marsh Project here.

We had our first public event at the WI Apple Day, Sunday 24th October in the British Legion Hall, Louth, where we discussed the role of pollinators on the apple harvest. We've started sowing wildflower seeds, including a number of species that are more likley to germinate after a spell of frosty weather, in the Charles Street Recreation Ground. Keep an eye on the long bed on the bank along the roadside during the spring and see what comes up. We've also planted some traditional Lincolnshire varieties of apple trees, Barnack Beauty, Allington Pippin and Sleeping Beauty, supplied by Shaun D'Arcy-Burt of Manby, as a memorial to our late friend, David Fleming.

Come and join us on Project Dirt.

Let's build a River of Flowers through Louth

Stretching from Hubbards Hills in the west to Keddington Lock in the east, we are encouraging bee-friendly and insecticide-free flower growing across the centre of Louth. Find out more and have your site added to the world map of the Rivers of Flowers.

Now that Red Hill has been designated a Coronation Meadow, we are inspired to create a River of Flowers right the way from Red Hill to the North Sea, a wildlife corridor across the Wolds, through Hubbards Hills and the centre of Louth, down the Ludd and Louth Navigation, all the way to Tetney and the North Sea.

Short-haired Bumblebee Art Competition

Produce a piece of artwork relater to the Short-haired Bumblebee, Bombus subterraneous - drawing, painting or whatever - and have a chance of winning a £300 prize. Details here.

Let's make Louth a Bee Friendly Zone

Whether we own a window box or farmland we can all create Bee Friendly Zones, free of insecticides and full of flowers. Find out more and add your plot to the World Bee Friendly Zone Map".

Life on the Verge

We can improve the habitat for bees by ensuring that our road verges are home to a rich abundance of wildflowers. This project, run by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, is a practical way in which we can help in habitat recording and conservation. More volunteers are needed so please click here to find out how to get involved.

A Citizen Science Project

The goal is to learn more about the nesting preferences, diversity and distribution of solitary bees and wasps, share the information gained and provide a forum for those interested in participating in the science and art of pollinator conservation.

Bee and Wildflower resources online

What's On?

Saturday 18th May 2013. The Louth Festival of the Bees Art Exhibition opens

Sunday 19th May 2013, 9:30am - 4:00pm Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip, Worcestershire, WR3 8SZ A Day With Bees Worcestershire Wildlife Trust - workshop with Brigit Strawbridge

Thursday 23rd May 2013, The Louth Festival of the Bees - Conference Day.

Sunday 26th May 2013 4pm, The Louth Festival of the Bees - A concert for Bees.

Tuesday 21 May 2013 - Sunday 14 July 2013 BEES AND NATURE Southbank Centre, London. Talks, debates, poetry, beekeeping tips and an exhibition.

Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2013 Bumblebees and Solitary Bees A Field Studies Council course at Rhyd-y-creuau.

1st June 2013 Bee Aware Workshop Fordhall Farm led by Brigit Strawbridge.

20th July 2013 Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) University of Sussex Open Day.

In the News

05/05/3013 Guardian
Emilly Drabble compiles a roundup of recent bee and neonicotinoid news.

03/05/3013 Guardian

Damian Carrington on politics of neonicotinoids in Germany.

02/05/3013 Guardian Damian Carrington turn his attention to other invertebrates with a report about the .

01/05/3013 New Scientist
Dave Goulson, biologist at Sussex Uni, writing about his research on bumblebees and pesticides.

29/04/3013 Guardian
Damian Carrington on the day some of the neonicotinoids were restriced by the EU.

29/04/3013 Guardian
Joan Walley, Chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is pretty clear on th emorning of the EU neonicotinoid vote.

27/04/3013 Guardian
Damian Carrington reports on efforts by agro-chemicals industry to prevent neonicotinoid ban.

27/04/3013 Guardian
Video report by Damian Carrington of yesterday's neonicotinoid demonstration in London.

24/04/3013 Nature
Proposed pesticide ban gathers scientific support as some experts call for more field studies.

23/04/3013 Reuters
Bulgaria to vote in favour of EU restrictions on neonicotinoids.

21/04/3013 The Organic View

30-minute podcast about neonicotinoids affecting beekeepers in Ontario, Canada.

16/04/3013 Corporate Europe Observatory
Private letters reveal Syngenta and Bayer’s furious lobbying against EU measures to save bees.

16/04/3013 Telegraph
Sophie Yeo points out that many highe street shops are still selling neonicotinoids.

14/04/3013 Greenpeace
Bees in Decline - A review of factors that put pollinators and agriculture in Europe at risk. Greenpeace Research Laboratories Technical Report (Review) 01/2013

12/04/3013 Organic View
Are neonicotinoids too big to ban?

12/04/3013 The Grocer
Waitrose moves to ban neonicotinoids use by its suppliers.

11/04/3013 The Scientist
Graciela Flores reports on the political battle over pesticides.

07/04/3013 Independant
Horatio Clare asks why the Government won't ban neonicotinoids.

05/04/3013 Wildlife Trusts
A call for a ban on the use of three neonicotinoids is backed by The Wildlife Trusts.

05/04/3013 Guardian
Damian Carrington on Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee report on neonicotinoids.

04/04/3013 Guardian
Damian Carrington reviews recent science and UK government response, or lack of.

03/04/3013 CBS News
News report on record honeybee losses in the USA.

29/03/3013 Guardian
Pesticide makers propose plan to help bees!

29/03/3013 Huffington Post
The chemical pesticide lobby is waging a multi-million dollar battle to prevent regulation of chemicals.

29/03/3013 Lynn Dicks
Defra’s field research on neonicotinoids and bumblebees – what does it tell us?

29/03/3013 Huffington Post
More USA reports of CCD and links to neonicotinoids.

28/03/3013 New York Times
Bee colony collapse continuing worse than ever in California.

26/03/3013 DEFRA
Effects of neonicotinoid seed treatments on bumble bee colonies under field conditions.

23/03/3013 New Scientist
Michael Marsall on suing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), saying it should have banned neonicotinoid insecticides.

22/03/3013 Guardian
Damian Carrington on legal challenges to neonicotinoid use in USA and Europe.

21/03/3013 PAN USA
American Beekeepers and Public Interest Groups Sue EPA Over Bee-Toxic Pesticides.

19/03/3013 American Bird Conservancy
Report from the American Bird Conservancy "The Impact of the Nation’s Most Widely Used Insecticides on Birds"

19/03/3013 Buglife
American Bird Conservancy called for a suspension on neonicotinoids.

19/03/3013 EU Commission
Appeal of last weeks neonicotinoid and bees vote is announced.

18/03/3013 Buglife
Plymouth’s Buzzing! A two year project working in partnership with Plymouth City Council to establish 5 hectares of new wild flower meadow areas.

16/03/3013 Bees are much in the news today, following yesterday's vote on banning neonicotinoids at the EU. Vote Result Damian Carrington in The Guardian, Charlie Dunmore for Reuters, Leo Hickman in The Guardian", Mark Kinver for BBC News, Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas in The Guardian, Soil Association position statement, Michael McCarthy in The Independent, Monty Don.

14/03/3013 Guardian
Alison Benjamin write the day before the EU vote on banning neonicotinoids.

13/03/3013 Guardian
Damian Carrington writes that Owen Paterson is set to scupper EU plans to ban neonicotinoids.

12/03/3013 UC Berkely Research News Brief
WIld bees found to benefit from diverse, organic crops and other bee-related research.

10/03/3013 Bee Friendly Zone
Dr Bernie Doeser responds to the BBKA Chairman David Aston's position statement on neonicotinoids.

08/03/3013 Dan Charles reports that USA's biggest honey packer has admitted 'laundering' Chinese honey.

04/03/3013 Letter from David Aston on BBKA's position regarding pesticides, 4/03/2013.

05/03/2013 Telegraph
Matthew Appleby on EU neonicotinoid vote.

03/03/2013 Guardian editorial
The long-term costs of inaction over pesticide withdrawal could outweigh short-term costs of a ban.

01/03/2013 CBS News
Reporting on the Burkle paper and American bumblebee decline.

01/03/2013 Guardian
Damian Carrington on the UK Government's opposition to neonicotinoid ban.

01/03/2013 Guardian
Damian Carrington on how wild pollinators are more important than honey bees.

Older news


Environmental Justice Foundation.

Friends of the Bees.

Garden Organic
Petition for National Bee Action Plan

Mapping native British black honeybees.

Pesticide Action Network.

Speaking up for the nation’s wild plants.

Oxfam's Plan Bee
Helping women in Ethiopia become beekeepers

List of home and garden pesticides containing neonicotinoids.

Hive Talking
Part of the Co-op's Plan Bee, this is a scheme to put people with land in touch with aspiring bee-keepers who need space for their hives.

Road Verge Campaign

Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
The most comprehensive review of this pesticide issue from Xerces Society. Download 44 page report here.

Bee the Change
PETITION: Protect bee populations in the UK by banning neonicotinoid insecticides.

The Bee Guardian Foundation
An educational conservation organisation that aims to help all bee species and other pollinators, empowering people, institutions, companies, towns and cities to become “Bee Guardians”.

Plan Bee
The Co-op's bee campaign.

The Bee Cause
Freinds of the Earth campaign for bees.

Capital Bee
Campaigng for bees, forage and a pesticide free London

Blog post by Rosemary Mason and Derek Thomas about pesticides and bees.

Small Blue Mable
UK based independent start-up charity dedicated to addressing the topic of pesticide safety assessment.

Soil Association

The Wildlife Trusts
Position Statement on Neonicotinoids.

World Land Trust

Videos, Radio and Podcasts

Henk Tennekes
26 minutes The Neonicotinoid View: Lethal Effects of Dose -Time Toxicity On Bees.

Henk Tennekes
26 minutes The Neonicotinoid View: Lethal Effects of Dose -Time Toxicity On Bees.

Heidi Herrmann
4 minutes on neonicotinoids & organic growing.

Brigit Strawbridge
6 minutes Interview about bees and neonicotinoids.

The Organic View
27 minutes The Neonicotinoid View: Peter Jenkins Discusses EPA Lawsuit in the USA.

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
57 minutes Japanese film with English subtitles presenting the neonicotinoid problem in Japan.

The Organic View
19 minutes The Neonicotinoid View: An Interview With Brigit Strawbridge.

Environmental Justice Foundation
3 minutes of beautiful film, gentle speaking and a very serious message about the EJF/PAN-UK Pollinator Plan

Dan Rather Reports - Buzzkill
36 minutes news documentary about bee crisis in California and elsewhere.

Where'e the Buzz Dr Mark J F Brown, Reader in Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation, delivers the Jack Pridham Lecture at Royal Holloway College.

The Organic View
Article and Podcast “The Neonicotinoid View” June Stoyer, Tom Theobald and Dr. Sánchez-Bayo, Centre for Ecotoxicology, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, discuss research on neonicotinoids.

Bee Aware
26 minutes. Account of colony collapse in the USA and allegations of EPA cover-up over neonicotinoids

River of Drinking Bees.
2 minutes of summertime charm from a Paris suburb.

Brigit Strawbridge talking about wild bees
27 minutes of radio, rather than video (where the pictures are better).

Violet Carpenter Bee Xylocopa violacea
1 minute. With a range from India to western Europe, this bee has recently spread to Britain.

Dance of the Honey Bees
6 minutes A Miro Challenge final film from Peter Nelson.

The Beauty of Pollination 4 minutes of various flowers and their more various pollinators.

The Queen of Trees
52 minutes. The remarkable story of an African fig tree and the special relationship it has with a tiny insect partner.

Solitary Bees
22 minute film presented by Martin Galloway.

Brigit Strawbridge
5 minutes of bumble bee identification on a patch of Phacelia.

Mining Bees"
7 minutes of mining bees, mining.

Eric Tourneret
The amazing stingless bees of the Amazon. 5 minutes.

Earth Focus Episode 44 - Killing Bees: Are Government and Industry Responsible?
28 minutes. Reporting colony collapse and pesticides.

The buzz about pesticides
4 minute video of Royal Holloway study Combined pesticide exposure severely affects individual- and colony-level traits in bees: Richard J. Gill, Oscar Ramos- Rodriguez & Nigel E. Raine reported in Nature.

Pollen under the microscope
Five minutes about pllen research in Australia.

Jonathan Drori: The beautiful tricks of flowers
A TED Talk, 14 minutes of excellent illustrated information about flowers.

Burt's bees
Isabella Rossellini (and Burt) explain all about the birds and the bees (without the birds).

More than Honey
Markus Imhoof's documentary of the peril that bees face, including possibly the best ever filming of bees. To be released soon. More here.

Queen of the Sun
What the bees are telling us. 80 minute film by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, available on dvd.

Vanishing of the Bees
90 minute documentary film about the progress of colony collapse disorder.

Killing Bees Are Government and Industry Responsible? US made film, 28 minutes, about neonicotinoids and bees.

2 minute video: Gloucester bee-comes bee friendly .

Solitary Bees
Several short videos about solitary bees and how to care for them.

Mason 'Bee-Bed'
Short demonstration of Paul Bee's prototype mason bee house.

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: a plea for bees
A TED Talk. 16 minutes.

Bee Deaths in France
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Four part account of bees and insecticides in France, in French with subtitles


Insects, Macros and Wildlife Photography Superb photos of many bee species.

Inspiration Green A fabulous collection of insect hotels.

Small Wonders A remarkable collection of photos of bees.


A Photo Flora
A particulary fine photograph-based website for flower identification.

Bee Happy Plants
Supplier of wildflower seeds.

British Wild Flowers.

Botanical.com A modern Herbal by Mrs M. Grieve

The Botanical Society of the British Isles.

Probably the biggest online data-base of Brittish wildfowers.

Flora Locale
Promoting the restoration of wild plants and habitats for biodiversity, landscapes and people. This is a seriously large resource.

Flowers in Ultrviolet
WOnderful images displaying the patterns that bees detect but we can't see.

Garden Organic

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

The National Biodiversity Network.

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC).

Natural History Museum
Postcode plants database.

Online Atlas of British and Irish flora.

Open Pollinated Seeds

A charity that speaks up for the nation’s wild plants.

Plants for a Future
Plant database giving edibility and medicinal uses of over 7000 plants.

The Poison Garden
John Robertson's authoritative guide to wildflowere that are not so good to eat.

Pollinator friendly plants
A useful list and more from London Beekeepers' Association.

The Pollinator Garden.


River of Flowers
A London project to create Urban Meadows.

Royal Horticultural Society
Download the RHS lists of pollinator friendly garden flowers and wildflowers form here.

Tom Clothier's Garden Walk and Talk
A lot of information about various things but particularly seed germination.

The Seed Site

Wild About Gardens.

A very comprehensive guide to the identification of British wild flowers.

The Wild Flower Society.

The Wildflower Society.
List of all British plants

Wildflowers of the British Isles

Mike Barwise's blog, in which he promotes the better use of amenity grassland. See particularly The Vital Importance of the Commonplace

Xerces Society
Large USA based organisation that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat.

Bees and other creatures

Amateur Entomologists' Association

The Barefoot Beekeeper.

Bee Farmers' Association.

Bee-friendly Beekeeping
Index to David Heaf's Warré beekeeping pages

The British Beekeepers Association.

Beeginner Beekeeper.

Beekeeping Forum.

Bee Guardian Foundation

Bees for Development

Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society (BWARS)


Bill's Beekeeing Diary
A blog with useful information about Black Bees and much else

British Entomological and Natural History Society

Buckfast Bees

The invertebrate conservation trust.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Natural History Museum's bumble bey identification software. Clever stuff.


Butterfly Conservation

Buzz About Bees.

Conservation Evidence.
Publishes on-line open-access journal on conservation and especially Bee Conservation

How to raise your own mason bees.

Derby and District Beekeeping Project
A sustainable approach to protect and increase all types of bees, honey, bumble and solitary and not exploit them.

Diptera Info
Forums and information sharing about the Diptera (flies and midges).

Friends of the Bees

Dutch perspective

Help Save Bees.

Honey Bees for Sale.

Hymenopteran Housing Projects
A showcase for creative homes for bees and wasps, as well as construction details and other information.

Hymenoptera van de Nev
More from the Netherlands.

Great information source for wild bees, wasps and ants.

Insect Pollinators Initiative.

International Bee Reseach Association

Inspiration Green
A collection of photos and ideas for bee-hotels.

London Beekeepers' Association

London's Buzzing.

Moray Bee Dinosaurs

The Natural Beeking Trust.

Natural Bee-keeping.

Natural Beeking Network.
A discussion forum.

Natural History Museum
Bumblebee identification.

Pupa Education
Teach your children well.

Royal Entomological Society

Solitary Bee


Bees and other creatures

Bee Base
Defras's National Bee Unit website.

Bee Craft
Several of the most popular books about bees and bee-keeping.

Northern Bee Books
Claims to stock the largest range of English language bee books in the world.

The Bees of the World Charles D. Michener
A large textbook about bees, free to download all 953 pages.

Bumblebees Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation Dave Goulson.
Authoritative and accessible account of bumblebee biology.

Bumblebees (Naturalists' Handbooks 6) Oliver E Prys-Jones and Sarah A Corbet.
An indispensable guide to identification, ecology and study of bumblebees.

Field Guide to the Bumblebees Mike Edwards and Martin Jenner.
The first-ever comprehensive photographic field guide to the British bumblebees.

Insect rambles
An unusually long list of on-line resources about insects.

Britain's Hoverflies: An Introduction to the Hoverflies of Britain and Ireland Stuart Ball & Roger Morris.
A beautifully illustrated photographic field guide to all the genera of hoverflies found in Britain.

The Little Book of Honey by Elizabeth Gowing
Around the world and back to your own kitchen, with the flavours of honey from ivy, thistle, viper's bugloss and coriander. Elizabeth's previous books include Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo

Managing Alternative Pollinators
A Handbook for Beekeepers Growers and Conservationists. Free to download 170 page pdf or buy the print version. Very informative plus insights into the US pollination industry.

The Mason Bees By J. Henri Fabre.
An interesting book published in 1914 and now available to view online through Guntenberg.org

Plants for Bees Kirk and Howes
An excellent book for all bee-friendly gardeners, published October 2012 by the IBRA

The Systemic Insecticide: A Disaster in the Making Henk Tennekes
Dutch toxicologist Dr. Henk Tennekes reports on the hazards of imidacloprid to insects and birds.

The Urban Beekeeper Steve Benbow


RSPB Gardening for Wildlife
A complete guide to nature-friendly gardening.

The Vegetative Key to the British Flora: A New Approach to Plant Identification John Poland and Eric Clement
The guide that allows you to identify a plant when there is no flower of fruit. Brilliant.

New Flora of the British Isles Clive Stace
The big serious book - 1266 pages - from Cambridge University Press.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Charles Flower
A beautiful but practical guide to bringing our gardens and the countryside back to life by reintroducing the wild flowers.

The Wild Flower Key Francis Rose.
Recommended by the Botanical Society of Great Britain as the ideal book for the serious student of Britishwild plants.

The Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland: The Complete Guide to the British and Irish Flora Marjorie Blamey, Richard Fitter and Alastair Fitter.
Fully illustrated and mapped guide to the British and Irish flora.

Wildflower Meadows Margaret Pilkington
A celebration of meadows and their wildflowers.


Floral Paintings Nineteenth-century botanical illustration by the renowned Victorian artist James Andrews.

Poems about Dandelions

Bees on Facebook

Agricilik Bilgileri ( Bees )

All Things Bugs



Beekeeping Photography

Bees in Art

Bees for Development

Bee Guradian Foundation


Bee Thinking

Bees, Wasps and other Beneficials

BWARS - Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society

The Beginner Beekeeper's Page

Boycott Bayer

British Bee-Keepers Association

British Bees

British Entomological and Natural History Society


Bumbling Bee

The Busy Bee, Morocco
Helping beekeepers in Morocco.

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Campaign for Solitary Bees

Diary of an English Bees' Backyard

Digital Museum of Natural History

Sharing stories of bees and people the world over.

Give a Shit about Bees

Honey Bee

Imker Beekeeper Schaefer (in German)

Insects in Art


Leafcutter Bees

The Midland Heaths

The National Honey Show

Silence of the Bees - A Science Opera

Staffordshire Bomblebee Conservation

E.H.Thorne (Beehives)


Insect, Macro & Wildlife Images

My Biodiversity Garden

Plantameadow's Blog

Simple Bees

Transition Norwich

The Voice of the Bee


Adventures in Bee Land

Amy Shelton

Andrew Gough's Arcadia

Bees in Art

The British Museum

Cath Hodsman

Christine Farmer

Hannah Haworth
Life size knitted bees, really.

Lea Bradovich

Richard Lewington

Val Littlewood - Pencil and Leaf

Paintings for sale to raise funds for Buglife


An excellent list of reseach papers on the insecticide issues is maintained by Small Blue Marble

Cholinergic pesticides cause mushroom body neuronal inactivation in honeybees Mary J. Palmer et al., Nature Communications 4, Article number: 1634 March 2013

Exposure to multiple cholinergic pesticides impairs olfactory learning and memory in honeybees Sally M. Williamson and Geraldine A. Wright., J. of Exp. Biology doi: 10.1242/jeb.083931 February 2013.

The Global Plight of Pollinators Jason M. Tylianakis 10.1126/science.1235464 February 2013

Wild Pollinators Enhance Fruit Set Of Crops Regardless Of Honey Bee Abundance. L. A. Garibaldi et al., Science, 10.1126/science.1230200 February 2013.

Plant-Pollinator Interactions Over 120 Years of Species, Co-occurrence and Function. L. A. Burkle, J. C. Marlin, T. M. Knight, Science , 10.1126/science.1232728 February 2013.

Resource diversity and landscape-level homogeneity drive native bee foraging Shalene Jhaa and Claire Kremen. January 2013

Existing Scientific Evidence of the Effects of Neonicotinoid Pesticides on Bees. Eurpean Parliament December 2012

Teratogenic Effects of Glyphosate-Based Herbicides: Divergence of Regulatory Decisions from Scientific Evidence. Antoniou et al., Journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology November 2012

High-Resolution Linkage Analyses to Identify Genes That Influence Varroa Sensitive Hygiene Behavior in Honey Bees. Tsuruda et al. Plos One November 2012.

Fine-Scale Linkage Mapping Reveals a Small Set of Candidate Genes Influencing Honey Bee Grooming Behavior in Response to Varroa Mites. Arechavaleta-Velasco et al.Plos One November 2012

Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) Newsletter 121 Septmber 2012

Field Research on Bees Raises Concern About Low-Dose Pesticides. Neonicotinoid Pesticide Reduces Bumble Bee Colony Growth and Queen Production. Whitehorn et al. Science April 2012

A Common Pesticide Decreases Foraging Success and Survival in Honey Bees. Henry et al. Science April 2012

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) reared in brood combs containing high levels of pesticide residues exhibit increased susceptibility to Nosema (Microsporidia) infection. Wu et al. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology March 2012

Overplaying the role of honey bees as pollinators: A comment on Aebia and Neuman (2011) Ollerton et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution March 2012

Field Research on Bees Raises Concern About Low-Dose Pesticides Erik Stokstad. Science March 2012

Characterization of the Active Microbiotas Associated with Honey Bees Reveals Healthier and Broader Communities when Colonies are Genetically Diverse. Mattila et al. Plos One March 2012

Biogeography and diversification of colletid bees (Hymenoptera: Colletidae): emerging patterns from the southern end of the world. Almeida et al. Journal of Biogeography March 2012

Neonicotinoids in bees: a review on concentrations, side-effects and risk assessment, Blacquière et al Ecotoxicology February 2012

The mysterious cognitive abilities of bees: why models of visual processing need to consider experience and individual differences in animal performance. Adrian Dyer Journal of Experimental Biology February 2012

Multiple Routes of Pesticide Exposure for Honey Bees Living Near Agricultural Fields. Krupke et al. Plos One January 2012

Pesticide exposure in honey bees results in increased levels of the gut pathogen Nosema. Pettis et al. Natur Wissenschaften January 2012

A New Threat to Honey Bees, the Parasitic Phorid Fly Apocephalus borealis. Core et al. Plos One January 2012

An arthropod deterrent attracts specialised bees to their host plants Burger et al. Oecologia October 2011

Wild bees along an urban gradient: winners and losers. Banaszak-Cibicka and Zmihorski Journal of Insect Conservation July 2011

Effects of neonicotinoid pesticide pollution of Dutch surface water on non-target species abundance. Tessa van Dijk MSc thesis July 2010

Exposure to Sublethal Doses of Fipronil and Thiacloprid Highly Increases Mortality of Honeybees Previously Infected by Nosema ceranae Cyril Vidau et al. June 2011

Bumble bees in Prime Landscapes - Aran Island Ireland. Aislinn Deenihan. PhD thesis. May 2011

Translocation of neonicotinoid insecticides from coated seeds to seedling guttation drops: a novel way of intoxication for bees.Mazzon et al., J Econ Entomol. October 2009.

Local to Louth

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

The Lincolnshire Coastal Grazing Marshes

Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association.

Louth District Beekeepers Association.

North Lincolnshire Beekeepers' District.


Note that the following links are to firms that are trying to sell you stuff, but several of them have plenty of useful information on their websites so are worth looking at even if you don't want to buy from them.


Bee Happy Plants
A nursery that grows its plants and produces its seeds organically.

Best Beekeeping

British Wild Flower Plants

Burt's Bees

Buzz Beekeeping Supplies

Charles Flower Wildflowers

C J Wildlife
Gift ideas, mostly related to the Red Mason Bee, Osmia rufus.

Cottage Garden Plants Direct Northern Ireland

Croft Apiaries

Eden Project
A Solitary Bee House that can actually be inspected and cleaned to reduce parasite build up.

Emorsgate Seeds


Hartley Botanic


Mr D'Arcy's Heritage Fruit Trees, of Manby

Nicky's Nursery

Really Wild Flowers


British Seed Houses

Scotia Seeds

Seed supplier based in Ireland.


The Sheffield Honey Company

Stone Lane A nursery that specialises in birches and alders, both good for pollen in the earliest part of the spring.


Yor Trees

To download a double-sided 3-part folded A4 leaflet click here for a pdf file. Print it out, fold neatly into three and give it to your friends.

To download a poster click here for a pdf file. You could print it out and put it somewhere for folks to see.

To download a poster just about the Bee Fun Day on the 18th May click here for a pdf file. You could print it out and put this one somewhere for folks to see too.

And there's a poster just about A Concert for the Bees on the 26th of May click here . You could print this out too.

And also a poster just about Art Exhibitionon 18th to 23rd of May: click here. Hang somewhere bright and sunny.

More downloadable documents:

The Honey Bee Apis melifera - A little history.

Ashy Mining Bee Andrena cineraria

Bluebell Hyacinthoides spp.

Colletes halophilus.

Common Carder Bee, Bombus pascuorum.

DandelionTaraxacum officinale agg.

Folk Art and Beekeeping in Slovenia

Great Willowherb Epilobium hirsutum.

Marsh Helleborine, Epipactis palustris.

Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria.

Samphire Salicornia.

Sex and the Busy Bee.

Sweet Violet Viola odorata.

Artists contributing to the Louth Festival of the Bees

Val Littlewood

Simon Croson

Pat Hickson

Jonathan Stead

Cath Hodsman

Gary Woods

Val Littlewood

May Jones

Christine Farmer

Twink Addison

Maxim Griffin

Beryl Greenwell

Mary Findell

Chris Hibbins

Rowan McOnegal

Janet Mary Robinson

Donna Peterson

Neil Roberts

The Little Book of Honey by Elizabeth Gowing

Travels in Blood and Honey by Elizabeth Gowing

This Painting will be one of the prizes in the raffle to be held on the Conference Day, Thursday 23rd May, at the British Legion Hall.
David Andrews


A collaboration between artist Amy Shelton and author John Burnside

A series of poems by John Burnside embedded within a letterpress-printed book-form, sacttered with hand-painted pollen maps referencing seasonal pollen loads collected by the honeybee from a single plant species.

MELISSOGRAPHIA is bound in a hand-made cover, and contains tiny botanical samples of flowers, collected over the apiarist's calendar year, which are important to sustaining honeybee health.


The Arrival of the Bee Box Sylvia Plath.

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. - Audrey Hepburn

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