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    Jovana
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        Has anyone noticed the total silence of the bees this year?  My garden is usually humming but try as I might, I can’t see bees anywhere, nor hear them.  I know there is an international crisis for bees too, their numbers are dwindling all over the world, which will make food production virtually impossible.  The insecticides industry deny any link between their products and the disappearance of bees, but it is hard to believe this is true.  The large African hornets which seem to be zooming about more than last year are also natural enemies of bees and appear to be increasing in number.  What will happen to the friendly colony of bee-eaters that live (d?) nearby and visited my garden last year?  What will happen to us if food crops cannot be pollinated?

        Does anyone out there keep bees?  I would be interested in keeping hives on my plot if it would help.   :(

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            Hi Jovana,

            I live in mountain area in the SE of the island and am experiencing the opposite.There are a lot of bee hives around us and more have been added this year.
            The big problem for me is the amount of pollen that lands on my car as they are flying around,its waxy and very hard to get off and most days my car is covered.
            I,m not complaining though as I like bees and have a weakness for the beautiful honey they produce 8-)

            What I have noticed here is that the bee keepers here never leave water at the hives which means that the bees have to travel further distances than they need to trying to find a source usually from leaking pipes or my garden lol.

            You make a very good point about the use of insecticides world wide as this is bound to be having an impact on their numbers and is a cause for concern.

            I have lots of bugs eating and infesting my plants here but I would never dream of using any chemical that would do the bees harm.

            Ken.

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                I’m so pleased you have plenty of bees.  Maybe it’s because you are in the mountains and there is less agriculture?  We are near the sea, but the surrounding fields are farmed and chemicals seem to be used freely. I just found a dead bee on my balcony, but so far its the only one I’ve seen.

                Sorry about your car!  Maybe though, you should consider keeping hives.  It could help the bees and supply us all with honey. :)

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                        there were plenty buzzing around the bottle brush tree in the square here when it was in flower a couple of weeks ago.
                        will have to ask one of the many beekeepers in this village what the situation is
                        I too live in the mountains and we have many hives all around us.
                        think they enjoy the wild thyme bushes and other herbs

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                            Sorry Ken, It’s not pollen on your car. A bees first concern when it leaves the hive is it’s toilet duties.

                            Keeping bees in Crete isn’t easy despite all the hives you see dotted around. Crete has all the bee diseases and pests and we know a Greek beekeeper who lost 17 hives to Oriental Hornets in just one year. We’ve not noticed a reduction in bees this year. Maybee your local beekeeper has his hives somewhere away from you this year………which can bee good for your washing.

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                                Sorry Ken, It’s not pollen on your car. A bees first concern when it leaves the hive is it’s toilet duties.

                                Yuk :o

                                That would explain why its so hard to get off then

                                Must remember to start covering car with toilet paper then.

                                Ken.

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                                    Thanks for replies.  Liked the article from the Mail, which was much more cheerful than the one I read in the Telegraph the other day.  By the way, maybe the bees leaving little pooh packages on the car are BUMble bees :question  ;)

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                                        415E585F464E2B0 wrote: Thanks for replies.  Liked the article from the Mail, which was much more cheerful than the one I read in the Telegraph the other day.  By the way, maybe the bees leaving little pooh packages on the car are BUMble bees :question  ;)

                                        A fantastic pun. Made my day. Cheers Jovana.

                                        Ken.

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                                            Glad it raised a smile.  I thought it might elicit a groan or two.

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                                                http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/sheffield/hi/people_and_places/nature/newsid_8687000/8687958.stm

                                                Hi there, while the above link is not about Bees in Crete, it is still interesting.

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                                                    Bees!  Bees!  Lots of bees on my towering sweetcorn tops.  I had no idea they were so attractive to the little buzzers!

                                                    Welcome back to my garden guys!

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