Significant Bee losses in 2012/13
According to BBKA (The British Beekeepers Association) Winter Survival Survey in England there were third of all honey bee colonies lost over the winter of 2012/2013. That is more than double the losses of the previous 2011/12 year, from 16 % last year to 34 % in 2013, in some areas even more.
The main question is “Are Significant Bee looses temporary or are they trending to disaster?“
Definitely is one of the reasons also bad weather last year, which led to poor development of bees and to more varroa mite in hives. And we all know what that means, one healthy strong colony is better than two average colony.
Little (positive) effect on bee health will bring the European Union regulation from May 2013 where EU decide and ban certain pesticides (read article Neonicotinoids – the new Regulation of European Commission) but this will not be enough to keep our bees healthy.
What can Beekeeper do in this situation?
Most important thing is to determine main reason for significant bee losses. Due to varroa mite, old days of Beekeeping are over. It`s time for a new approach which requires from Beekeepers additional education.
Let us know in the comments below what is your experience with bee loss in Beekeeping year 2012/13.