First bees are humming in the garden this week - but news today of research from Stirling university into the devastating effect of one particular group of commonly used pesticides on the queens in particular, makes each one feel especially precious as it bumbles around in the delicate pink froth of the short-lived cherry blossom.
Bizarrely I learned from a program last night that it is often gardens in the city centres where bees are safest and thriving - far enough away from the toxic acres of industrial agri-business.
The full article, (link below,) is interesting but depressing in that the UK government appears to be once again to be behind the curve: "
Gaurdian article on new research into bees and pesticides
Zinc drypoint engraving.
10" x 7" edition of 4
Falling Bee ll
Sarah Gillespie 2011