Leftover sugar from supermarkets and bakeries to be sent to Cornish beekeepers as winter nectar shortage afflicts species.
Waste sugar that supermarkets regularly throw away is being collected to help feed bees struggling to find nectar for themselves in Britain.
Beekeepers usually buy or make their own sugar feed as a substitute for nectar and honey during autumn and winter months. Tesco’s waste sugar in the west country will be utilised to assist in feeding bees that are bred by the Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo).
In a report by The Guardian, Lucy Hughes, Tesco’s community manager said: “Bees are not only central to the process of pollinating crops which later become our food but are an iconic part of the great British countryside.”
“I hope this project will go some way to support our local bees and help them through the winter months,” she added.
Nick Bentham-Green, chairman of BIPCo, also said: “Recent poor summers have contributed to bees struggling to get enough stores into the hives to feed their colony throughout the winter. This new scheme is a great help, especially at this time of year, and is helping towards the conservation of the native British honey bee.”
In the same report, Simon Cavill, a trustee of the British Beekeepers’ Association and founder of the Bee Good skincare range, said that Waitrose and other chains should also back the scheme of providing free waste sugar.
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