Urban beekeeping could have devastating effects on the bees and native wild pollinators as well, according to recent research from the University of Sussex.*
The study suggested instead that people should be planting wild flowers instead of keeping bees, as urban honeybees are struggling to find adequate food sources and may end up starving or sick.
In London, over the past five years, the number of hives has doubled.
According to Professor Francis Ratneiks, interviewed in The Telegraph, urban beekeeping is not the solution to the decline of honeybees, because it risks bringing too many bees to an area where there is not enough pollen and nectar, potentially risking widespread disease.
“Both honeybees and wild bees have been declining. Although the causes are complex the most important seems to be loss of flowers and habitat.
‘If the problem is not enough flowers, increasing the number of hives risks making that problem worse. The honeybee is just one of many insect species which feed on nectar and pollen. Having a high density of honeybee hives is not only bad for honeybees, but may also affect bumblebees and other species feeding on the same flowers.” – The Telegraph