Take the dandelion dare — Scottish pollinators

To capture your attention I could do a lot worse, it seems, than encourage you to “Make space for dandelions.” Rarely has one single plant raised the ire of so many, but let me explain whilst I make a plea for this very special flower. Now, I will concede from the outset that dandelions have […]

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Pollination in the cold — Scottish pollinators

What do you do about pollination if you are an early flowering mountain plant such as the Purple Saxifrage which comes into flower on the high slopes of Ben Lawers just as the snows are melting in March or April? Iain MacGowan has the answer and it’s quite a surprise. The answer is that you […]

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Massive Loss Of Thousands Of Hives Afflicts Orchard Growers And Beekeepers — News : NPR

Honey bees deal with many stressors: chemicals, climate change and viruses. But this year, a tiny mite has wiped out colonies, causing worry over whether there are enough bees left to do their jobs.(Image credit: Greta Mart/KCBX)

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Tiree bumblebee buzz — Scottish pollinators

The great yellow bumblebee is creating quite a buzz on the Isle of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. A four year project to monitor its population and habitat, and create new foraging habitat, has been embraced by the island’s residents and visitors. Janet Bowler, project manager for Hebridean Flower Power and Tiree’s Great Yellow Bumblebee […]

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Among the Many Talents of the Humble Honey Bee: Arithmetic — TIME

Honey bees are capable of understanding complex arithmetic, according to a new study published Wednesday. Scientists discovered that bees can “learn to use blue and yellow as symbolic representations for addition or subtraction,” according to the report published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances. While many animals demonstrate an understanding of basic numbers for tasks…

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Plan to plant — Scottish pollinators

Spring and summer are long gone and the colder grip of winter is here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to do our bit for pollinators. Now is the time to plan ahead and ensure that your garden or outdoor space is ready to help our important pollinating insects. Why not make it your […]

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Pollinator’s helping hand — Scottish pollinators

Over 70% of Scotland’s land area can be labelled ‘agricultural’. It’s no surprise then to learn that the way farmland is managed has a significant impact on nature and wildlife. Given that there is significant pressure on our native pollinators at the moment the fact that many farmers enter into voluntary agri-environment agreements which help […]

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Scientists Spy On Bees, See Harmful Effects Of Common Insecticide — News : NPR

Bees exposed to a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids dramatically changed their behavior — becoming sluggish, antisocial and spending less time caring for the colony’s young, researchers say.(Image credit: James Crall /Science)

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