Harsh winter 'leads to honey bee decline'

Harsh winter The last winter was the coldest the UK has experienced in 30 years and the harsh climate has now proved to have been particularly damaging to honey bees.

According to the British Beekeepers' Association, around 17 per cent of the country's population of the insects was lost to the cold.

However, there was some good news for bees, as in the last three years the number of hives has doubled to 80,000.

The association said the figures showed a "small" but "encouraging improvement" as it was revealed that the winter had a less damaging impact on bee populations than in previous years.

President Martin Smith said: "It shows our honeybees are slowly moving out of intensive care, but they are still not healthy enough."

Many eco products make use of honey in their ingredients, including beauty lotions and potions.

Last year, the Telegraph reported that the Public Accounts Committee had estimated £200 million-worth of crops could be lost if bee numbers continue to decline.
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