Thursday 23 October 2014

Third of our bees now face extinction

Published 14/01/2014 | 02:30

Flying honeybee near the flower
Flying honeybee near a flower

A scientist has warned that one-third of our native bee species are vulnerable to extinction.

Dr Jane Stout, who was one of the co-authors of new research that studied honeybees in 41 countries, said the Government needed to take action to protect wild bumblebees and other species of solitary bees as they were vital to the food chain.

She said: "We did a national assessment of the 100 bees and one-third of the species we could access were vulnerable to extinction."

Dr Stout, who is the director of the Trinity Centre for Biodiversity Research, said it was hard to predict the effects of a drastic decline but it could have an alarming effect on plant life.

Irish Independent

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