In this story, I found out that there was widespread concern about the the growing number of bees that have been dying off. This was one of the first stories I wrote for the Star/Courier when the Surrey-Hants Star merged with the Courier, both produced at that time by Guardian Media’s regional newspaper group. The story was published on the Get Hampshire website on November 13, 2008.
Here is an excerpt:
Beekeeping was taught and researched at agricultural colleges across the country, but after funding dried up, there is now only a single professor of apiculture — the study of bees — left.
“The government seems oblivious to the fact that losing bees in this country will affect all the crops, such as fruit crops, because they won’t be pollinated,” Mr Galliver said.