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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
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
Emilly Drabble compiles a roundup of recent bee and neonicotinoid news.
Damian Carrington on politics of neonicotinoids in Germany.
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.
Damian Carrington on the day some of the neonicotinoids were restriced by the EU.
Joan Walley, Chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is pretty clear on th emorning of the EU neonicotinoid vote.
Damian Carrington reports on efforts by agro-chemicals industry to prevent neonicotinoid ban.
Video report by Damian Carrington of yesterday's neonicotinoid demonstration in London.
Proposed pesticide ban gathers scientific support as some experts call for more field studies.
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.
Sophie Yeo points out that many highe street shops are still selling neonicotinoids.
Bees in Decline - A review of factors that put pollinators and agriculture in Europe at risk. Greenpeace Research Laboratories Technical Report (Review)
12/04/3013 Organic View
Are neonicotinoids too big to ban?
Waitrose moves to ban neonicotinoids use by its suppliers.
11/04/3013 The Scientist
Graciela Flores reports on the political battle over pesticides.
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.
Damian Carrington on Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee report on neonicotinoids.
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.
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.
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.
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"
American Bird Conservancy called for a suspension on neonicotinoids.
19/03/3013 EU Commission
Appeal of last weeks neonicotinoid and bees vote is announced.
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.
Alison Benjamin write the day before the EU vote on banning neonicotinoids.
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,
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.
Damian Carrington on the UK Government's opposition to neonicotinoid ban.
Damian Carrington on how wild pollinators are more important than honey bees.
Environmental Justice Foundation.
Friends of the Bees.
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.
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”.
The Co-op's bee campaign.
The Bee Cause
Freinds of the Earth campaign for bees.
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.
Position Statement on Neonicotinoids.
World Land Trust
Videos, Radio and Podcasts
26 minutes The Neonicotinoid View: Lethal Effects of Dose -Time Toxicity On Bees.
26 minutes The Neonicotinoid View: Lethal Effects of Dose -Time Toxicity On Bees.
4 minutes on neonicotinoids & organic growing.
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.
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.
22 minute film presented by Martin Galloway.
5 minutes of bumble bee identification on a patch of Phacelia.
7 minutes of mining bees, mining.
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.
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
Several short videos about solitary bees and how to care for them.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Index to David Heaf's Warré beekeeping pages
The British Beekeepers Association.
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
The invertebrate conservation trust.
Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
Natural History Museum's bumble bey identification software. Clever stuff.
Buzz About Bees.
Publishes on-line open-access journal on conservation and especially Bee
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.
Forums and information sharing about the Diptera (flies and midges).
Friends of the Bees
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
A collection of photos and ideas for bee-hotels.
London Beekeepers' Association
Moray Bee Dinosaurs
The Natural Beeking Trust.
Natural Beeking Network.
A discussion forum.
Natural History Museum
Teach your children well.
Royal Entomological Society
Bees and other creatures
Defras's National Bee Unit website.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Bees in Art
Bees for Development
Bee Guradian Foundation
Bees, Wasps and other Beneficials
BWARS - Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society
The Beginner Beekeeper's Page
British Bee-Keepers Association
British Entomological and Natural History Society
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
Imker Beekeeper Schaefer (in German)
Insects in Art
The Midland Heaths
The National Honey Show
Silence of the Bees - A Science Opera
Staffordshire Bomblebee Conservation
Insect, Macro & Wildlife Images
My Biodiversity Garden
The Voice of the Bee
Adventures in Bee Land
Andrew Gough's Arcadia
Bees in Art
The British Museum
Life size knitted bees, really.
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
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
diversification of colletid bees (Hymenoptera: Colletidae): emerging patterns from the southern end of the world. Almeida et al. Journal of Biogeography March
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
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.
British Wild Flower Plants
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
A Solitary Bee House that can actually be inspected and cleaned to reduce parasite build up.
Mr D'Arcy's Heritage Fruit Trees, of Manby
Really Wild Flowers
British Seed Houses
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