Urban Apiarism Made Easier

Raising bees, that is. In England, a British government conservation agency is encouraging city dwellers to keep bees on their roofs, and have introduced a new hive design to make the pursuit easier.

"Natural England will erect the so-called Beehaus on its roof in Victoria, central London, on Friday. The agency said the device should make it easy for anyone - from amateurs to seasoned apiarists - to help bees find a home in urban gardens...

"There also is more to the beekeeping campaign than ensuring plentiful supplies of superior honey. Since 2003, there have been reports of serious losses of bees from hives in Europe and the United States."

"The European Food Safety Authority says the true extent of the losses is hard to estimate but it reports that in Italy alone up to half of bees may have died in 2007."

Thanks to Franny Ritchie

Full Story: The English Encourage Urban Beekeeping

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