Bee population collapse could be saved by British species
- 22 May 2009 | Updated on 26 May 2009
- Mark Nolan
The Telegraph has an interesting article on how Britain could be saved from the devastating effects of a collapse in its bee population by turning to a native British species, which is more aggressive and hairier than the southern European honeybees favoured by apiarists:
However, the majority of the bees in Britsin’s 274,000 hives are actually a subspecies which originated in southern and eastern Europe.
New research has found the native black honeybee could be better able to survive any external threats as it is better equipped to deal with the British weather.
A study by the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA), backed by The Co‑Operative supermarket, found the black honeybees’ thick hair and larger body helped them to keep warm and cope with the shorter breeding season in Britain.