Sunday, 14 October 2012

London bee numbers 'could be too high'

There may be too many bees in the capital, the London Beekeepers Association (LBKA) has said.
The association has criticised an initiative by a business group offering hives to central London firms.
InMidtown, which represents firms in Holborn, Bloomsbury and St Giles, said its scheme had seen a 40% increase in honey produced in the last year.
But the LBKA dismissed the project as "bee bling" saying firms should focus their spending on planting forage.
LBKA secretary Angela Woods said: "There are a finite number of green spaces in London. It could get to the point where the bees are not sustainable.
"London's bee population is going up but honey yields in London are going down and we need to ask is it because there is not enough forage."
InMidtown said it had doubled its bee hives from four to eight, introduced more plants and increased its honey produced to 37lbs (16.8kg), bucking the national trend.
'Bee bling'
The total honey crop for England and Wales is estimated to be down 50% on an average year, which equates to a loss of £7m for UK honey production, according to a recent survey carried out by the Bee Farmers' Association (BFA).

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