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Top UK government scientist finally sees the light on pesticide overuse.

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Saturday 21th October, 2017 at 11:34 AM


© The Buzz Club: Pesticides are applied to Florida sweetcorn. Photograph: David R Frazier Photolibrary/Alamy: Guardian article: accessed Saturday 23rd September 2017 www.theguardian.com

The assumption by regulators around the world that it is safe to use pesticides at industrial scales across landscapes is false, according to a chief scientific adviser to the UK government. The lack of any limit on the total amount of pesticides used and the virtual absence of monitoring of their effects in the environment means it can take years for the impacts to become apparent, say Prof Ian Boyd and his colleague Alice Milner in a new article.

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Create a hoverfly lagoon in your school garden to support pollinators

by Dr Ellen Rotheray

Posted on Monday 16th October, 2017 at 09:00 AM


© The Buzz Club: Create a hoverfly lagoon in your school garden to support pollinators

Researchers at the University of Sussex are looking for primary schools to take part in a new citizen science project, aiming to create habitats that allow hoverflies to thrive.

In recent years, there has been much concern about the decline of pollinators in the UK and across the world, potentially leading to a ‘pollination crisis’ affecting flowering plants and crop yields. Most of the attention has been focussed on bees, which are vital pollinators and do need to be conserved, but other pollinators, including hoverflies, are similarly important and are disappearing from our countryside. ...

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Bees, pesticides and farming on the impacts of neonicotiniods and other pesticides on bees.

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Saturday 07th October, 2017 at 01:00 PM


© The Buzz Club: Dave Goulson Bee Quest talk: Bees, pesticidies and farming

Professor Dave, founder of the Buzz Club, is giving a talk: "Bees, pesticides and farming", focusing on the impacts of neonicotinoids and other pesticides on bees. The event will take place at Elmgrove Hall, Hersham Road, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 1LH (UK) ~ map, on 11th October, 2017. Start time: 7:30pm. RSVP to jmsatchwell@yahoo.com ... See you then!

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Welcome Freshers 2017 (part 2)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Monday 02nd October, 2017 at 09:00 AM


© The Buzz Club: Welcome to our bee and other pollinator charity (part 2)

Professor Dave Goulson - Project & laboratory Director as well as founder of the Buzz Club and also founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, has produced a video found on YouTube, Intro to the Buzz Club: www.youtube.com/Dave Goulson. Explaining all the benefits of joing the Buzz Club as well as the importance of the overall message, save the bees! Enjoy!

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Welcome Freshers 2017

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Monday 25th September, 2017 at 09:30 AM


© The Buzz Club: Welcome to our bee and other pollinator charity

The UK is home to thousands of pollinating insects. Yet, we know very little about most of them. Why are some species disappearing, and how quickly? How can we help save the bees? How can we turn our gardens into havens for pollinators?

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Bee Quest review - the plight of the bumblebee

by Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology

Posted on Sunday 17th September, 2017 at 07:30 AM


© The Buzz Club: Dave Goulson Guardian article: accessed Saturday 16th September 2017 www.theguardian.com

Dave Goulson's journey through the insect world is warmly entertaining while sounding the alarm over encroaching environmental disaster (www.theguardian.com). The first thing to know about reading Bee Quest is that it's a fun adventure to several countries, including this one, made new again through Dave Goulson's eyes. You'll learn all sorts of interesting things without effort because he's a natural storyteller with a particular gift of understatement that is often laugh-out-loud funny - which you don't expect from a bee book ...

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Hoverfly Lagoons - Schools projects up-dates 2017

by Dr Ellen Rotheray

Posted on Sunday 10th September, 2017 at 07:30 AM


© The Buzz Club: hoverfly lagoons child

Our Hoverfly expert, Dr Ellie, has been a busy bee (or a busy hoverfly) and produced a new The Hoverfly Lagoons Project for schools.

The project will help children engage and learn the value of pollinators and also learn scientific research methods. These will include: methods for schools and Life cycle fact sheet.

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A Hidden Buzz

by Mr. Balin Davenport - 2nd year undergraduate student

Posted on Saturday 01st July, 2017 at 06:30 AM


© The Buzz Club: A nesting box

The theme for this July's Buzz Club competition is 'hidden or rarely noticed' insects in our gardens and parks.
Look closely and there are dozens of
bees, wasps, and hoverflies often overlooked.
We want you to take pictures of these unsung and often unseen heroes.
Win a specially designed solitary bee nesting box from Nurturing Nature RRP £70

~ see www.nurturing-nature.co.uk/wild-bee-nesting-box.
To enter this competition, please tweet your photo to @the_buzz_club with hashtag #ahiddenbuzz or find us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/The_Buzz_Club. Alternatively attach a photograph by email and send to info@thebuzzclub.co.uk or telephone us 01273 872 758 for any questions.

Rules

  • Free to enter for all photographers.
  • Work must be that of the entrant.
  • Competition closes at midnight 31st July 2017 (BST).
  • Images should be unmarked and no larger than 2000 pixels wide.
  • Entrants should be able to provide a high resolution image on request.
  • Copyright remains that of the photographer.
  • All entries may be used for publicity by the Buzz Club or associated parties.
  • 3 photo's maximum per entrant.
  • The winner must be willing to be photographed holding the prize and have it used in promotional material.
  • The winner has to have their prize delivered to a UK mainland address.
Prizes
  • 1st place - Award winning solitary bee observation nest box from Nurturing Nature.
  • Runners up - Signed copy of new book publication by Professor Dave Goulson, 'Bee Quest', a Buzz Club tee-shirt, and a selection of other Buzz Club merchandise.

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Sow Wild! project details - up-dated!

by Mrs Janine Griffiths-Lee - PhD student

Posted on Wednesday 28th June, 2017 at 07:30 PM


© The Buzz Club: pollinating flowers

Our Sow Wild expert, Janine has up-dated her project page: Sow Wild! Sow Wild! was established in 2016 and the initial results of this three year study are currently under the microscope.

To discuss these forthcoming results or to find out about the new project date, possible start date, 2018, then email Janine:
j.griffiths-lee@sussex.ac.uk

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Historic Garden Weekend: at the Weald and Downland Living Museum (Saturday 24th June 2017)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Saturday 17th June, 2017 at 02:12 PM


© The Buzz Club: Historic Garden Weekend (accessed 17 June 2017 (www.wealddown.co.uk/events/saving-our-bumblebees/))

It is the Historic Garden Weekend at the Weald and Downland Living Museum on Saturday 24th June 2017. Professor Dave, will provide a talk concerning saving our Bumblebees and the Buzz Club team will be there for all questions concerning Bees, over the weekend 24th and 25th of June 2017.

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Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 7 (April 2017)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Saturday 29th April, 2017 at 02:00 PM


© The Buzz Club Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 7 (April 2017)

The seventh issue of the Buzz Club newsletter has arrived. It is now Spring, and our main projects are starting. We hope to help answer important questions about insects and bees, whilst encouraging everyone to learn more about and take an active part in scientific research. Our seventh quarterly newsletter contains news about how much food bumblebees need, Dave’s new book, and updates on current projects our members can join. This issue is edited by Dr. Rob Fowler. ...

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Hot off the Press! Neonicotinoids in Wildflowers

by Dr Cristina Botías

Posted on Tuesday 14th February, 2017 at 4:00 AM


© The Buzz Club Poppies

As part of the research project undertaken in the Goulson lab, funded by Defra, to investigate the concentrations of neonicotinoid insecticides that bees are exposed to when they forage in UK farmland, we have done a thorough environmental sampling of farms in East Sussex. This included pollen and nectar samples collected from neonicotinoid treated oilseed rape plants and wildflowers growing in the field margins of treated arable crops, and soil samples from beneath the vegetation. We also placed honeybee colonies on these farms and gathered the pollen returned to the hives to estimate the levels of exposure when they forage in farmland. ... Our results show that mixtures of neonicotinoids are frequently present in the pollen of wildflowers ...

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Find more about our study in http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/.

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Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 6 (December 2016)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Monday 19th December, 2016 at 08:15 AM


© The Buzz Club Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 6 (December 2016)

I’m delighted to introduce the sixth issue of the Buzz Club newsletter. We hope to help answer important questions about the state of the UK’s pollinators, whilst encouraging everyone to learn more about the insects in our gardens, how to encourage them, and also to take an active part in scientific research. Our sixth quarterly newsletter contains articles about winter bumblebees, top tips for great garden plants for bees, and updates of current projects our members can join. This issue is edited by Professor Dave Goulson. Each issue will be edited by a different member of the team. ...

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Ivy Bee UK Distribution

by Dr Robert Fowler

Posted on Monday 14th November, 2016 at 4:38 PM


© The Buzz Club Ivy Bee UK Distribution

This species is relatively new to Britain, first found in Dorset in 2001, and it has spread throughout southern England and southern Wales (see map). This bee is also present in Guernsey, Herm, Jersey and Sark, and is widespread in western Europe where it is also spreading rapidly, with records from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. This range expansion goes against the tide of the range decrease of bees in general, and is currently being followed by The Bees Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS). This species has the latest flight period of any other solitary bee in the UK, with its main period of activity between September-November. As its name suggests, it feeds predominantly on flowers of ivy (Hedera helix). However, it feeds on a variety of other plants too, including Eryngium amethystinum, heather, red bartsia, and flowers from the Asteraceae (daisy) family. ...

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To find out more about this fascinating pollinator, please visit BWARS

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Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 5 (September 2016)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Friday 23th September, 2016 at 09:31 AM


© The Buzz Club Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 5 (September 2016)

The fifth issue of the Buzz Club newsletter has arrived. It marks a year since we published out first newsletter. We hope to help answer important questions about insects and bees, whilst encouraging everyone to learn more about and take an active part in scientific research. Our fifth quarterly newsletter contains news about some exciting new research on pollinator foraging choice, work on neonics at Sussex Uni, and updates of current projects our members can join This issue is edited by Dr Robert Fowler. Each issue will be edited by a different member of the team. ...

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An Ivy Bee foraging on Ivy

by Dr Robert Fowler

Posted on Thursday 07th July, 2016 at 2:30 PM


© The Buzz Club Ivy Bee

We are mad about pollinators! They come in a huge range of shapes sizes and colours, all with a cacophony of different behavioural and evolutionary traits. That’s why we want outline their ecology, what plants they tend to pollinate and when and where you are most likely to find them. One bee which you’re likely to see this time of year is the Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae). ...

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To find out more about this fascinating pollinator, please visit BWARS

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Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 4 (June 2016)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Friday 24th June, 2016 at 05:00 PM


© The Buzz Club Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 4 (June 2016)

In the June issue of our quarterly Buzz Club newsletter we report on recent paper by Dr. Cristina Botías investigating the exposure of herbivorous insects to neonicotinoid pesticides in farmland. Prof. Dave Goulson gives us an update on his hoverfly lagoons – remember it’s not too late to make one yourself! We’ll take a peak inside a bumblebee nest, and get an update on what’s been turning up in the pan traps. Linda will also tell you all about her new Garden Shop Calculator, which allows you to calculate how much the food you grow would be worth in the shops. Plus exciting news, the welcome packs for members are ready! This issue is edited by Dr Beth Nicholls. Each issue will be edited by a different member of the team. ...

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Beggar thy neigh’buzz'!

by Dr Ellen Rotheray

Posted on Wednesday 18th May, 2016 at 1:00 PM


© The Buzz Club The Daily Telegraph

Ellie Rotheray ,one of the Buzz Club team, is in the 'News' again! Through radio tagging bumblebees in test colonies, Ellie found that some bees will enter a separate colony for a few minutes immediately after leaving their own, suggesting they might be stealing nectar/pollen from their neighbours. This is fascinating stuff, and in the future Ellie hopes to record the behaviour using video cameras placed inside these colonies. ...

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Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 3 (March 2016)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Friday 18th March, 2016 at 05:00 PM


© The Buzz Club Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 3 (March 2016)

In the March issue of our Buzz Club newsletter we report on some findings from our Hoverfly Lagoons and P.A.N. projects, we tell the woeful tale of the beautiful but likely-doomed Giant Golden Bumblebee, we report on findings from our continuing research into the effects of neonicotinoids on flower-visiting insects, we draw attention to a spring pollinator to look out for, and we introduce the full line up of our exciting Buzz Club projects, 2016! This issue is edited by Dr. Ellen Rotheray. Each issue will be edited by a different member of the team. ...

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Research at the University of Sussex

by Dr Ellen Rotheray

Posted on Friday 15th January, 2016 at 4:00 PM


© The Buzz Club BBC

Two of the founding members of the Buzz Club Dave Goulson and Ellie Rotheray were both featured on Inside Out South East talking about their research and the problems facing bees.

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Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 2 (December 2015)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Friday 11th December, 2015 at 02:15 PM


© The Buzz Club Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 2 (December 2015)

The second issue of the Buzz Club newsletter has arrived. We hope to help answer important questions about insects and bees, whilst encouraging everyone to learn more about and take an active part in scientific research. Our second quarterly newsletter contains news about a new bee genus found in Portugal, lots of exciting news on recent research done in the field of insect and pollination ecology as well as updates of current projects our members can join. This issue is edited by Dr. Saija Piiroinen. Each issue will be edited by a different member of the team. ...

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The Buzz Club is on the BBC!

by Dr Robert Fowler

Posted on Friday 13th September, 2015 at 10:08 AM


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As part of recording for the BBC’s Inside Out South-East, we spoke to Natalie Graham about the Buzz Clubs aims and the P.A.N. project. ...

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Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 1 (September 2015)

by The Buzz Club

Posted on Friday 04th September, 2015 at 09:00 AM


© The Buzz Club Newletter: Volume 1, Issue 1 (September 2015)

The Buzz Club has arrived. Thank you for joining our new charity, which hopes to help answer important questions about insects and bees, whilst encouraging everyone to learn more about and take an active part in scientific research. This is our first quarterly newsletter. Within its pages, we hope to keep our members up-to-date on the projects we run, upcoming events and current news on general scientific research in the field of insect and pollination ecology. This issue is edited by Dr. Rob Fowler. Each issue will be edited by a different member of the team. ...

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