Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:03
I fully support Monty's main thread on the destructive or even catastrophic effects of neonicotinoids on honeybees. However, I am dissappointed that the article contains so many errors and misleading information. He quotes the "National Beekeepers Association" which does not exist. He may mean the British Beekeepers Association (which consists of amateur beekeepers in England) or the National Bee Unit (part of the Food and Environment Agency). He relates that last year he caught a swarm and put it in a hive, but that every single bee died - a sad tale, but his colony may have died from many possible problems - starvation, disease, etc. I advise anyone interested in beekeeping to join their local Beekeeping Association, and to undertake basic training on bee husbandry, including feeding, diseases and treatments, etc, before managing a colony. They will also support and advise you once you take on a colony.