The Scottish government has announced it will create a protected area on the island of Colonsay, to preserve the country’s native black bee.
The black bee is the only sub-species of honeybee native to northern Europe, but few colonies remain. Thanks to a new Bee Keeping Order, which came into force on Monday, the species will now be protected.
Scottish environment and climate change minister Paul Wheelhouse said, “The black bee is an important genetic resource for all beekeepers – from a Scottish perspective and a considerable academic interest too.
“Our belief in this has led us to seek protection for the bee and thus help to protect its genetic integrity from long term dilution and loss of this important asset. The introduction of this strong, landmark legislation – overwhelmingly backed in our consultation last year – will go a long way to achieving our aim.”
The colony on Colonsay is one of very few groups in Europe and the reserve will be the first in the UK to protect honey bees.
“The colonies being kept on the island are an increasingly rare source of black bees left in Europe, highlighting the importance of this reserve – the first of its kind in the UK”, Wheelhouse said.
“The Bee Keeping Order will ensure that the population of black bees on Colonsay are protected from hybridisation with non-native bees, ensure a bright future for black bees on the island and illustrates how our non-native species legislation can be used to protect our natural wildlife.”
Bees have been declined in Europe over the past few years. There are thought to be many causes, but scientists have particularly linked the phenomenon to the use of a range of pesticides. The EU has banned some of these chemicals for two years, starting from December 2013.
Like our Facebook Page
Can You Use Your PC In an Eco-Friendly Manner?
How Pain Management Hurts the Environment, and What You Can Do to Help
4 Countries That Have Banned Single-Use Plastic
What Is Your Carbon Footprint and How Can You Reduce it?
How Business Leaders Can Positively Impact Water Scarcity
Plant-Based Protein Coffee is Eco-Friendly & Healthy
Eco-Friendly Restaurants That Are Bringing the Outside Inside
5 Environmental Benefits of Custom Manufacturing
How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Office
Benefits of Starting an Eco-Friendly eCommerce Business
Brian Sheth and Sheth Sangreal Foundation Donate $15 Million to Global Wildlife Conservation
8 Great Tips to Find an Eco-Conscious Moving Company
Eco-Friendly Gardeners Can Make Compost from Organic Waste
Can Employers Help the Planet with Work from Home Policies?
Switching to an Electric Car to Help the Environment? Here’s How to Find the Cheapest Insurance
Creating a Green Basement Environment for a Healthier Home
More People Are Practicing Eco-Conscious Lawn-Care
Why You Need to Know These Hard Facts About Ethical Investing
Choosing the Best Air Filter as Pollution Levels Worsen
9 Tips to Write Stellar Papers as an Environmental Science Major
Energy3 months ago
How To Choose the Right Solar Inverter for Your Home?
Energy3 months ago
How to Choose the Best Solar Panel for Your Home
Environment10 months ago
Importance of Using a Water Purifier in an Area with High Pollution
Environment3 months ago
Reduce Industry Footprints with Sustainable Material Swaps