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Does CCD afflict city bees?
« on: 15/05/2015 20:20:54 »
The news is out that 42% of commercial bees have died off last summer. Yet here in Santa Rosa, California Bees are plentiful. There are mostly vineyards in Sonoma county. We don't have commercial bees brought in  much

So...

(a) Are Bees dying off world wide in similar proportions?

(b) I snuck into Glasgow with a VPN and watched a BBC show about people keeping bees in London. Are London bees dying or thriving?


 

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Re: Does CCD afflict city bees?
« Reply #1 on: 15/05/2015 23:05:36 »
Are London bees dying or thriving?
Bees here are thriving well thank you. We have a spate of early swarms due to the mild winter and early spring. Over winter we had 3 hives, due to swarm control procedures we now have 9. Last week we were removing surplus queen cells and one hatched in my wife's hand, 2 days ago another hatched in our airing cupboard, both have been put into nursery hives to see whether they will mate ok. Similar reports from other beekeeper in the local area - NW London. No, we are quite ok for bees thank you.
From the reports we have read there appears to be a link between CCD (colony collapse disorder) and the spraying of pesticides on fruit trees and almond blossom. So if Santa Rosa is not a almond/nectarine growing area, you might be ok.
Also, bear in mind that bees have a limited flight range, so are likely to be foraging within 3-4miles of the hive.
There is a great deal of concern over here about effect of pesticides on bees and a lot of research being done to assess the impact.
 

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Re: Does CCD afflict city bees?
« Reply #2 on: 18/05/2015 10:54:21 »
A recent study by Queen Mary University, London, has identified stress as being a contributory factor in CCD.

See this

So far as I am aware, there is no appreciable difference between commercial bee and small bee keepers problems with CCD.

There are now more bee hives being kept by novice bee keepers. This is causing problems with an increase in bee swarms. See this report in The Guardian.

Anyone thinking of becoming a bee keeper should do plenty of research first. The British Beekeepers Association would bee be a good place to start.
 

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Re: Does CCD afflict city bees?
« Reply #3 on: 18/05/2015 11:55:12 »
Colony Collapse Disorder is still somewhat of a mystery. There is no shortage of hypotheses.

I understand that many commercial beehives in the USA are trucked from state to state as various flowers come into bloom. They overwinter in large warehouses. This is an environment which would contribute to any contagious diseases of bees rapidly spreading nationwide.

But similar symptoms have also been seen in continental Europe.
 

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Re: Does CCD afflict city bees?
« Reply #4 on: 18/05/2015 14:48:43 »
Anyone thinking of becoming a bee keeper should do plenty of research first. The British Beekeepers Association would bee be a good place to start.
I would also recommend they join a local association linked to BBKA, that way they will get lots of support. They will be given lectures and practical sessions and allowed to work with association hives before committing to their own. In particular they will be shown how to divide hives to prevent swarming.

Prevention of CCD here in UK is done using an integrated pest management system designed to reduce pests and diseases that stress a colony.


 

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