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9 February 2017 16:09:18 |Bees and Beekeeping,News,Supermarkets

Tesco to run sugar collection scheme to help struggling bees survive

New Tesco scheme gets endangered bees buzzing again

New Tesco scheme gets endangered bees buzzing again

Stricken bees struggling to get enough nectar to feed themselves are being given a 'sweet deal'.
A sugar collection scheme, run by Tesco, will collect sugar from split bags that are no longer fit for human consumption.
They will be collected by the supermarket’s stores in the Cornwall and Devon area and sent to a local bee conservation charity.
Beekeepers then turn the sugar into syrup or fondant which is given to the bees as a replacement for nectar and honey.
Since 2007 the UK’s bee population has dwindled by a third as a result of fewer wildflowers, pests and various diseases, all of which makes it harder for bees to produce enough honey to feed themselves throughout the winter.
Iconic pollinators
Lucy Hughes, Tesco’s Community Manager at Callington store in Cornwall said: “Bees are not only central to the process of pollinating crops which later become our food but are an iconic part of the Great British countryside.
The programme, which is run in partnership with the Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo) currently involves nearly 10 stores in the West Country.
Nick Bentham-Green, chairman of BIPCo said: “Recent poor summers have also contributed to bees struggling to get enough stores into the hives to feed their colony throughout the winter.”
Tesco is also helping bees in Cornwall and Devon through its Bags of Help initiative, which donates money raised from the sale of carrier bags to local community projects across the UK.
B4 (Bringing Back the Black Bees) – a sister group to BIPCo - won £10,000 worth of funding through the scheme and will be using it to construct a haven for native black honey bees at Mount Edgcumbe, a stately home/country park in SE Cornwall, just across the river from Plymouth.

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