1000’s of bee colonies misplaced throughout Western Cape floods


One business beekeeper has misplaced almost 1 500 hives following the current heavy rains that destroyed a number of components of the Western Cape.

The Western Cape Bee Trade Affiliation (WCBA) says the whole variety of affected hives may very well be within the hundreds, as estimates are nonetheless being tallied.

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A number of beekeepers have reported main losses after hives have been overwhelmed by burst river banks. Some have been utterly washed away. The hives are sometimes positioned close to rivers because it assures bees of forage and water, in keeping with the Standard. ‘It’s devastating for beekeepers once they lose beehives, regardless of the quantity,’ says Chris Nicklin, WCBA chair. ‘Significantly distressing is the lack of the bee colonies that occupy these hives.’

A serious concern now could be the impact of the lack of hives and bee colonies, which can negatively impression the early-season pollination of blueberries and plums. For organic causes, solely the Cape honeybee (also referred to as Apis mellifera capensis) could also be used for pollination within the Western Cape. Because of this, beekeepers from different provinces won’t be able to help as they work with a special subspecies – the African honeybee (Apis mellifera scutellata).

As a result of transferring giant apiaries is a significant logistical train, beekeepers are working in opposition to time to rescue their hives. Though some have been in a position to transfer weak hives to greater floor after the preliminary heavy rains, others weren’t so fortunate as floodwaters travelled at a fast fee.

The Normal reviews that the chance of additional flooding stays, as dams are actually crammed to capability. ‘A worrying issue is that many of those misplaced beehives have been as a result of be moved into the fruit orchards within the Western Cape for pollination,’ says Nicklin. ‘This might end in a scarcity of beehives for the vital activity of pollination, significantly early within the spring season.’

This initially appeared on capetownetc.com

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