2012-13 Winter Wipes Out Large Number of Bees from Scotland

2012-13 Winter Wipes Out Large Number of Bees from Scotland

According to reports, the 2012-13 winter has remained harsh on the bees in Scotland. A survey has affirmed that large number of bee population disappeared from the country last winter amidst the harsh weather.

The loss of bees was confined to about 79% of the beekeepers in the country while the figures were reported to be just 39% in the previous year. All the affected beekeepers were reported to have lost at least one colony of bees each.

The Scottish Government's first health survey of the pollinators suggested that the loss has occurred in wake of tough weather conditions, starvation and the varroa mite parasite prevalent in the country. Major losses were learnt in the Highlands.

Funds of £200,000 have been announced by the Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead to provide support to the bee farmers in restocking their bee populations. He said that the insect played a vital role in ecosystem as it acts as pollinator for a wide range of crops and plants.

"The survey will provide invaluable information about the spread of diseases throughout Scotland and provide a useful baseline to allow us to monitor the health of our honey bees in future", he added.

As of now, about 2,400 people in Scotland are involved in beekeeping with 25 further commercial bee farmers.

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