Keeping Bees in Cities Could be BAD for the Bees

DailyMail.com  By Sarah Griffiths   8/14/13

How the trendy hobby of keeping bees in cities could actually be BAD for them: City hives run the risk insect starvation

  • British scientists have warned that inexperienced beekeepers could risk spreading certain honey bee diseases
  • Bees living in city hives cannot find enough flowers to feed on locally and can end up sick or starving to death
  • They say city dwellers looking to help honey bees should plant their favorite flowers

British scientists claim urban beekeepers who set up hives in cities - in a bid to help the ailing honey bee population - could actually be harming the creatures.

Research has revealed that bees living in city hives cannot find enough flowers to feed on locally and can end up sick or starving to death.

The scientists suggest people living in cities who want to help the bees should grow bee-friendly flowers instead of setting up hives for the insects.

Spurred on by widespread coverage of declining bee numbers, urban beekeeping has never been more popular...

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