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Humble Bee Cause

Humble Bee Cause

Neonicotinoids: The New DDT? 

 Earth Focus

 Find more Earth Focus content at www.linktv.org/earthfocus
(Earth Focus: Episode 69) Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They've been linked to the decline of honeybees. But scientists now say they also harm many terrestrial, aquatic, and marine invertebrates. They damage sea urchin DNA, suppress the immune systems of crabs, and affect the tunneling and reproductive behavior of earthworms. They kill off the insects that many birds, amphibians, and reptiles rely on for food. According to Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, through the widespread use of these pesticides "we are killing the underpinning of the food chain." In human blood studies, neonicotinoids are linked to DNA damage and cell mutation. 

Populations of bees and other insect pollinators have fallen dramatically in recent years and there is growing scientific evidence that pesticides are playing a significant role. This website is intended to provide an up-to date and balanced explanation of the role of pesticides in pollinator declines. bees.pan-uk.org

  Task Force on Systemic Pesticides

The Task Force on Systemic Pesticides provides comprehensive, independent analysis to inform more rapid & improved decisions on the use of systemic pesticides & their impact on biodiversity & ecosystems. This video highlights the recent Worldwide Integrated Assessment report on the use of neonicotinoids and its effect on biodiversity and ecosystems.
Website: http://tfsp.info 

Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees

Commonly used pesticides are damaging honey bee brains, studies suggest.

Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect's ability to learn and remember.

Experiments revealed that exposure was also lowering brain activity, especially when the two pesticides were used in combination. bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment

Buzzin on the Roofs - Manchester & Salford's Urban Bees 

The journey from Dirty Old Towns to Bee friendly Cities
A new film shot during the Summer of 2014. Its features the roof top Bee hives of Manchester city centre and makes the case for Pollinator friendly cities for two of the worlds first industrial cities, Manchester & Salford. 


Humble Bee Cause

Our British native bees are dying out, and with them will go flora faunna and a third of out diet, we may have far less time to save them than previously thought to avert a global catastrophe, so why is so little being done to help them ?

Humble Bee


Humble Bee

by Danielle Burns

Peer into my garden depths of colours unfold
The bee of bright yellow quiet loud and quiet bold
My black stripes delightfully define me
As I dance my waddle dance of the great humble bee
My diamond home for my whole family
A place we have built our sweet destiny
We hold the courage as brave as we dare
For our nectar and honey our sweets we do share
We are the karma the god of love
We only do harm if push do us shove
Our wings may be tiny but fly us totally free
They beat so fast the magic of our humming buzzing bee
With love and abundance our fruitfulness thrives
A rebirth life, The busy bumble bee's essences is truly alive


urban beehive project

The Humble Bee Cause is looking for businesses throughout Gtr Manchester that have roof space available to offer free for an urban beehive project.