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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Bees

Last month
March 2023
The Bee Guy: It's Mother's Day soon, so let's pause and thank the original mother - this planet
Paul Handrick of The Bee Sanctuary pays tribute to his late mother and the way she inspired him to champion biodiversity.
Last year
# bad buzz
Bumblebee wings show stress of climate change on insect, says study
Scientists from Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum have published two papers analysing UK bumblebee populations.
# Bees
'A young player with big potential' - Brentford boss on Euro 2020 star's arrival from Sampdoria
Mikkel Damsgaard has linked up with the Bees squad ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Manchester United.
# Cork University Hospital
Hospital installs hives to ease children’s bee and wasp sting fears
Cork University Hospital has become home to tens of thousands of honeybees.
# Environment
EU lays out plan to halve pesticide use and restore damaged ecosystems
The Commission wants legally binding targets to halve the use of pesticides across the EU and restore 20 percent of its land and seas by 2030.
The Bee Guy: On World Bee Day, let's not just focus on the honey bees
Paul Handrick says time is running out for wild bees but there’s lots we can do to help.
The Bee Guy: Diary of a mother bumble bee stuck at the window
Paul Handrick charts the story of that one bee you hear tapping at the window to get out, and he asks us to help her escape.
The Bee Guy: The girls are back in town - tips for helping the bumblebee queens
Paul Handrick has some helpful advice for keeping queen bumblebees alive if you see them in trouble.
# Bees
Christian Eriksen gets hero’s welcome but Brentford and Palace lack inspiration
The Denmark midfielder was introduced to the home crowd before kick-off.
All time
Opinion: Bees and agriculture need each other - we should class bees as livestock to protect them
Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan argues that protecting bees should be a priority for the Department of Agriculture.
Opinion: Our bee sanctuary is wild, messy and beautiful - and it's protecting biodiversity
Paul Handrick runs ‘the only true bee sanctuary on the planet’ in county Wicklow and before you ask, no, they don’t produce honey.
# great buzz
Quiz: How much do you know about bees?
# new pollinator plan
Leinster House lawn to get Irish wildflowers and bee boxes
City and county councils have been doing other work to help save the bees, including ‘rewilding’ parts of parks and lawns.
# buzz about the city
'The street was full of bees': Swarm causes 'panic' in Limerick city
“Some people were running away and others were standing across the street looking on,” a café owner said.
# biodiversity buzz
Grass swirls and wildflowers: What city councils are doing to help save the bees
Pesticides are still in use, but being cut down on by councils in an effort to promote biodiversity.
# buzzing
Pesticides on farms are wiping out entire hives and tens of thousands of bees in one spray
Bees were out foraging and when the spray hit them they couldn’t make it back to the hive and they died.’
# Study
A bee can process numbers in the same way that a human does
Previous studies have shown other animals have similar cognitive functions to humans.
# buzz buzz
Bees have brains that can figure out basic maths, new study finds
The researchers built on their previous finding that honeybees can understand the concept of zero.
# buzz
Warm weather and busy keepers meant a good summer for Irish bees
The number of beekeepers has increased significantly in recent years.
# Bzzzzz
Bee venom may be effective in treating common skin condition eczema, study finds
Eczema is a chronic condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked.
# buzzing
Ireland has its first 'bee-friendly' roundabout
More than half of the country’s bee species have experienced substantial declines since the 1980s.
# Food security
Irish and US researchers teaming up to help save bees
More than half of Ireland’s bee species have experienced substantial declines since the 1980s.
# beekeepers
What should you do if you find a swarm of bees in your home?
May to July is a hotspot for bee activity – here’s what to do if a swarm of bees are in your home.
# Bumble-BEEHAVE
'Virtual safe space' aims to help identify threats facing bumblebees
The free tool provides a computer simulation of how colonies will develop.
# Un-BEE-lievable
The Irish honeybee was thought to be extinct. But a scientist found them in 300 hives
The native bee once dominated all of northern Europe and researchers hope it can make a comeback.
# gormanstown
Can you spot a bumble bee? One of the lessons learnt at Ireland's beekeeper school
Learning how to rear a queen bee and honey samples – here’s a quick flavour of beekeeping school.
# normal beehaviour
A swarm of bees swept through Midleton's main street today
The Irish Wildlife Trust says it has received a few sightings of huge swarms of bees this week.
# honey honey
People have set up a tiny memorial for an exterminated beehive
Bye bye.
# bee cool
Two second year students from Limerick have invented air-conditioning for bees
More honey = more money.
# buzz words
Ireland's bees are in danger, but here's the plan that could save them
Many of the crops grown here depend on bees to pollinate them.
# sting in the tale
18 hospitalised after a truck carrying thousands of bees crashes on motorway
Two of those injured included two Finnish tourists.
# bad buzz
Bees are disappearing - and scientists are warning about worrying knock-on problems
Scientists want to move bee populations to new areas.
# walk in the park
A pregnant woman got lost in a forest, gave birth, then fought off placenta-hungry bees
Eventful few days, then.
# buzzz
A swarm of bees terrified pedestrians on a footpath in Dublin city centre today
Gardaí kept an eye on the situation until the beekeeper came in to save the day.
# Out of the Woods
A pregnant woman got lost in a forest, gave birth, then fought off placenta-hungry bees
Eventful few days, then.
# not the bees
'Everyone's been stung' ... Millions of bees escape after Seattle tractor-trailer crash
“I think everybody there got stung,” a local police officer said.
# bee-t it
Weather reporter terrified by 'giant bee' live on air
# oh honey
Woman finds 50,000 bees living in her ceiling
They’d managed to build 17 honeycombs.
# dad lols
Everyone on Twitter is making the same dad joke right now
Dad… is that you?
# hive of activity
High-street shoppers attacked by massive swarm of bees in London
They just needed a place to bee for a while.