|Moray Beekeeping Dinosaurs are an informal, virtual and diverse group of beekeepers. We have no committee, no governors, no assets and have but one common aim and that is to promote beekeeping and the welfare of the honey bee without an excess of red tape and other items being introduced into our Beekeeping Associations.
We meet regularly during the summer to exchange stories, information and ideas. We are base just to the east of Inverness - Scotland
Bees, the number one insect pollinator on the planet, are dying at an alarming rate. In the last decade our honey bee populations have crashed with the loss of some 50% of managed hives and 95% of feral bees.
Many believe that pests, such as the varroa mite, are at the root of this devastation, but four studies published earlier this year now indicate a new class of insecticides, neonicotinoids, are the possible cause. Neonicotinoids are revolutionary because they are not only used as a seed coating so that when the seed germinates, the plant vascular system distributes the insecticide to ALL parts of the plant including pollen and nectar ... but it is also injected into trees against wood boring insects and more .... Any insect that feeds on the plants dies.
Neonicotinoids are accumulative, water soluble, highly mobile in the soil and highly toxic to aquatic life. Some of these pesticides have a half life of up to 1,386 days, depending on soil type and are some 7,000 times more toxic than DDT.
Honey bees are not the only invertebrates to suffer, others such as butterflies, lacewings, bumblebees, hover flies, spiders, earthworms, aphids and all flying insects are becoming scarcer.
Many insectivorous and granivorous birds have disappeared ... some species by up to 95%
Within these pages I have listed some of the reports and studies about 'neonicotinoid pesticides' ... an entity of which some other Beekeeping groups are in denial and some who do not wish to 'rock the boat' are (sic)'Fiddling while Rome burns'
It is also well reported that Governments have been hijacked by the Agrochemical companies. What do you think ?
Rachel Carson was vilified by an industry smear nearly 50 years ago, after the release of her book, "Silent Spring."
"If we were to follow the teachings of Miss Carson," said American Cyanamid, the makers of DDT, "we would return to the Dark Ages ... insects, vermin and disease would once again inherit the Earth."
But, as Carson so eloquently put it in a CBS documentary in 1964 .....
"Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we now have acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature .....
"As man proceeds toward his announced goal of conquest of nature, he has written a depressing record of destruction, directed not only against the earth he inhabits but against the life that shares it with him"
A new book ... A Disaster in the Making ... now dwarfs Rachael Carson's "Silent Spring". The statistics are horrendous as page by page the demise of the flora and fauna of the natural ecosystems of Europe and the UK is systematically documented.
Founded August 2010 in
Moray in the North of Scotland