Category Archives: Ecology

More bad news for insects

New German research has found that insect numbers have plunged by 75% over 25 years, in nature reserves. It’s assumed the decline outside the reserves is greater. The Guardian reports on the issue here. Germany is generally considered significantly better … Continue reading

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Bees and beekeeping in Borneo

Recently I met with Made Setiawan, a medical anthropologist and ethnographer who lives in Oxford. He works for the Indonesian Katingan Project on a reforestation operation in Borneo, working in an area where the native forest has been largely razed … Continue reading

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The ‘other’ bees: Steven Falk workshop

A few months ago, the news was filled with stories about intelligent bumblebees. New research showed that they could learn to pull strings and play football. As a ‘bee’ person I was interested, but I had a strange feeling that … Continue reading

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Bees nest in a tree (not quite)

The picture shows an apple tree in the garden next door. Faith spotted the comb after the leaves came down in Autumn 2016. In between seeing it and taking this photo something has been munching the edges somewhat; it was … Continue reading

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ONBG visit to Rosybee Nurseries, 25th June 2016

On a typical English summers day (a bit wet) 24 of us converged on Rosybee Nurseries in south Oxfordshire to learn about their research on bee-friendly plants from proprietor – and beekeeper – Rosi Rollings. Her work covers aspects not … Continue reading

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Second Oxford Bee Summit & First Oxford Bee Fest, 7th May 2016

Oxford Friends of the Earth organised the 2nd Oxford Bee Summit at the Oxford Natural History Museum to discuss what can be done for pollinators locally. About 130 people (including 11 from our group) gathered to review progress on current … Continue reading

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Trends in beekeeping #2

This is a wide-ranging article, part of an occasional series, intended to touch on recent developments in beekeeping that have caught my attention – discussion welcomed! Topics covered here include: Hygienic behaviour Varroa virus blocking – important new research just … Continue reading

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