Wrong weather at wrong time affecting bees

Tue, Aug 14, 2012

Climate Change

Its not just humans who are finding our changing weather patterns confusing . Plants, bees and birds are increasingly challenged by unpredictable seasons and extreme weather conditions.

“Weather has a huge impact on honeybee survival. What seems to be happening is that we in the U.K. are getting more extremes of weather at either end of our normal range. Whether that is due to climate change is an interesting question,” Tim Lovett, director of public affairs at the British Beekeepers’ Association, said last month at the annual Hampton Court Flower Show about 10 miles southeast of central London.

“The wrong weather at the wrong time can be very bad for bees,” he added. “One of the major causes of loss among honeybees in the spring is starvation. There are suddenly thousands of new mouths to feed. If they wake early and the plants are still asleep, then there is trouble. Likewise, if the plants wake early and the bees are still asleep and miss the first flush, then there can also be trouble.”


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1 Comments For This Post

  1. elle the gardener Says:

    As a fellow amateur gardener I have to agree the weather in the UK is from one extreme to another at the moment and has thrown my garden and the natural cycle in to disarray. This summer has been particularly bad for gardeners I feel!