I know I've mentioned it before but please read this latest story about Honeybee decline.
The idea of a world without bees is a frightening prospect. A country walk without bees is worrying enough but the economic and environmental impact is profound.
Bee numbers world wide are falling and if nothing is done Lord Rooker has warned that Honey Bees could be extinct within 10 years. I didn't realise that when the varroa mite arrived in Britain in 1992 it took the wild Honey bee to the brink of annihilation in the UK.
In the US Beekeeping is commercial and keepers have been restocking from Australia but in the UK 99% of keepers are hobbyists who can't afford to continually restock.
Do read the article, I think many of fail to appreciate the importance of this small buzzing insect.