07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

The Co-operatives “Plan Bee” is a good campaign. Where it does fall down is saying “Take up bee keeping. It’s easier than you think”. Shades of Omlet here!
I also draw question to ” The native black honey bee with its better ability to cope with the British weather”: does the native honey bee still exhist? Does it cope better? Maybe more localised breeding with quality developed stock would serve better.

Tonights’ news showed honey bees bred for good hygiene and grooming traits as a development in the fight against the varroa mite. Maybe a good thing. But at what expense (what traits are lost)? It was “mans” meddling in bee genetics that brought about this crisis – I hope this helps redress the balance.