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City University out to prevent 30 million people having to work as human bees

PUBLISHED: 10:06 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:15 26 February 2016

City University students on the swarm

City University students on the swarm

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City University students are helping to halt the decline in Britain’s vital bee population.

Bees are responsible for pollinating at least 30 pc of crops eaten in the country. These plants would have to be pollinated by hand without bees, requiring a workforce of 30 million.

The UK lost a third of its bee colonies in 2009/10, and City University, in Northampton Square, Finsbury, has responded by installing a beehive on its roof.

It will be kept by professional bee-keeper Dr Luke Dixon, who will be helped by volunteer students. From next year, it is hoped the colony will produce enough honey to sell it on campus.

Jason Clarke, head of sustainability at City, said: “As a university in the heart of London, we can help to play a role in the future of an important species.”

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  • Luckily honeybees are in absolutely no danger of becoming extinct in the UK and any beekeeper worth thier salt will know this. They are not even endangered. It is the 273 other species of wild bees in the UK that are in trouble and the best way to help them is to plant for pollinators. Scientists from Sussex University have suggested that London carries ten times the national average of hive densities (about 5000 in Greater London). The losses reported here relate to winter losses and do not take into account that these losses are naturally corrected soon after winter. Best to put those figures into proper context. Whilst well meaning this initiative is misguided. It is worth noting that Dr Luke Dixon's doctorate is related to the performing arts and is in ‘The Performance of Gender’. Not anything to do with bees, ecology or the environment.

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