1. The honey bee has been around for millions of years.

2. Honey bees, scientifically also known as Apis mellifera, which mean “honey-carrying bee”, are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.

3. It is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.

4. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning.

5. Honey bees have 6 legs, 2 compound eyes made up of thousands of tiny lenses (one on each side of the head), 3 simple eyes on the top of the head, 2 pairs of wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach. See image for: honeybee body parts.

6. Honey bees have 170 odorant receptors, compared with only 62 in fruit flies and 79 in mosquitoes. Their exceptional olfactory abilities include kin recognition signals, social communication within the hive, and odor recognition for finding food. Their sense of smell is so precise that it could differentiate hundreds of different floral varieties and tell whether a flower carried pollen or nectar from metres away.

7. The honey bee’s wings stroke incredibly fast, about 200 beats per second, thus making their famous, distinctive buzz. A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.

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Kent Asian Hornet Traps - Google My Maps

Thanks to Dougal from the Canterbury branch who created this map showing locations of Asian Hornet monitoring traps in Kent. Please contact us if you setup traps that can be added to this map ... See more

Very approximate locations

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Earth Matters

want to understand bee-ish? here is a small introduction into the language of the bees

MNN's Earth Matters channel covers climate change, environmental legislation, governmental policy, energy, and animal stories

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Loss of British bees threatens food security

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/science-environment-47698294?__twitter_impression=true

Rarer pollinators are struggling and scientists say this could threaten the UK's long-term food security.

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Leo's Bee Project - A Short Film

Please watch Leo’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKjyrtApiWU&feature=youtu.be and discover how honey is made & get up close to an open bee-hive. Thank you Leo for your lovely video about ... See more

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Scented candles are as bad for are quality as a diesel car

don’t worry! We got you covered with natural, pure beeswax candles!

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Biddenden Tractorfest

Biddenden Tractorfest 17&18th of August 2019

Look out for our New Tractorfest leaflets and feel free to share from here. Going to be wonderful.

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www.ceh.ac.uk

The first pollinator monitoring newsletter is out

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The World Bee Project Hive Network Aims To Be The First To Track Pollinators Globally

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Seventy percent of global food crops depend on pollinators, but urbanization, monoculture, disease, predators, and pesticide use have conflated to shrink bee populations.

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what a beautiful, sunny, warm (far too early) spring weather day today and the weather forecast for the next few days is in our favour!

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How to identify spring bees

With the sun shining and increased temperatures you might come across either of these. Enjoy!

White-tailed or buff-tailed? Our guide will help you recognise 12 early-emerging bee species - many of which are common in gardens.

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