New research from scientists at Plymouth University shows bumble bees are ending up feeding on flowers by the road side of hedges rather than on the field-side of the boundary.
That’s because fertilisers used on crops also encourage more grasses and non-flowering plants, so bees have little to feed on.
To listen, click HERE and go to 05:59 into the programme.
“Where do your bees collect nectar and pollen from?” is a question I’ve been asked a lot recently, and it’s a good question.
Honey bees will travel up to three miles to forage on plants, collecting nectar and pollen as they go. It takes the lifetime of 12 bees to make one teaspoon full of honey, so you can see how much work goes into making honey and why it has been prized by man throughout history.
The map below shows a circle with a three-mile radius to give you an idea of the kind of ground my bees will cover to collect honey and pollen. This covers gardens, allotments, parkland, pasture, golf clubs, river banks, railway lines and even a bit of farmland. This means the honey will be a mix of whatever is in greatest supply at the times the bees store it.
As a result, the colour and flavour of the honey can be different at different stages of the season. But I can assure you – it’s all equally delicious.