In July 2018 CEH launched the National Honey Monitoring Scheme (NHMS) which aims to work with both amateur and professional beekeepers across the UK to measure long term changes in the pollen content of honey. By plant DNA barcoding we are able to provide detailed analysis of the floral resources used by bees during honey production. It is anticipated that these data over extended time frames could provide a better understanding of the factors that impact honeybee populations.
Here is the presentation first given at the BBKA 2019 convention, showing the first results generated from the NHMS; focussing on species richness both regionally and nationally. Further, how these compare to land use data collected by colleagues across CEH.
Finally, there is an introduction to other work being undertaken at CEH; and centred around pollinators and bee health.
Put together by Dr Anna Oliver, CEH.