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Brightwell Bees

Honey, candles and other products from our hives in  Oxfordshire and Berkshire

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Why is beekeeping important?

Pollination of our fruit and vegetable crops

Insects are pollinators of most fruit and many vegetable crops in the UK. Most pollination work of crops is conducted by bees. As well as the honey bee, bumble bees and solitary bees are extremely important. Other insects such as hoverflies and butterflies are also vital contributors.

 

How important are honey bees  for crop pollination?

In strawberries, the honey bee is the most important pollination insect – although as in all crops other insect species are very important

 

What happens if we have no pollinators?

Quite simply, the yield of nearly all our fruit crops would collapse. For consumers this would mean most fruit would be unavailable in the shops.

 

So why do we need beekeepers …

There are simply not enough wild pollinators - bees, hoverflies, butterflies to pollinate the nation’s fruit crops. Wild pollinators numbers have been in decline, principally due to habitat destruction over the last century.

Therefore beekeepers have a key role to play to bolster the honeybee population to help to secure the nation’s fruit crop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more about beekeeping, keeping bees, collecting honey and how a honey bee swarm is managed.

 

 

 

Where to buy...

Find out where to buy all our products from the hive here.

Copyright © Viv and Steve Moll Brightwell Bees 2009 - 2020

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Percentage of visits made by different pollinators to flowers of strawberry (data from Garratt M.P.D., et al., (2014) and Garratt M.P.D. (2013). Extract from Sustainable Pollination Services for UK Crops. University of Reading. Ref1

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Reference 1: Sustainable Pollination Services for UK Crops A BBSRC funded study

Centre for Food Security, University of Reading

 

A honey bee feeding

and pollinating apple blossom