Pollination in Portsmouth
Strawbery Banke's honey project spurred by bees' sharp decline
Honeybees at Strawbery Banke Museum have spent months gathering the nectar, and filling and capping the combs that Smith harvested on Wednesday.
Honeybees are key pollinators for the area's vibrant flowers and herbs, as well as for food production, and their numbers nationally have been in rapid decline.
The two hives he cared for at Strawbery Banke in the Abbott Orchard survived the winter, but his two hives at home, moved to a windy hill for sunlight earlier in the fall, did not fare so well.
Smith said there is no doubt the bees encounter some plants that have been sprayed with pesticides. "You can't control what happens outside the boundaries," he said.
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