Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Honeybees-Mortality-in-the-Netherlands-27MZIFVQL3QB.htmlConceptually similarClose-up of HoneybeesGP01J0TCompleted★★★★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2DCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2FCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2GCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2HCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2ICompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2MCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2NCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2OCompleted★★★★View AllGP04J2RHoneybees Mortality in the NetherlandsClose up of dead bee on honeycomb. Half of the population of the 30 colonies of beekeeper Brouwer has died after the winter period. Bees and other pollinators – both natural and managed – seem to be declining globally, but particularly in North America and Europe. Lack of robust regional or international programmes designed to monitor the current status and trends of pollinators means there is considerable uncertainty in the scale and extent of this decline. Nonetheless, the known losses alone are striking. In recent winters, honeybee colony mortality in Europe has averaged around 20% (with a wide range of 1.8% to 53% between countries).In original language:Dode Bij op Honingraat in NederlandClose-up van ee dode bij op een honingraat bij een imker in ZwiggelteLocations:Drenthe-Netherlands-Western EuropeDate:4 Apr, 2013Credit:© Greenpeace / Bas BeentjesMaximum size:4332px X 6380pxKeywords:Beekeeping-Bees-Close ups-Day-Death-Honey-KWCI (GPI)-Outdoors-Pollination-SAGE (campaign title)-Save the Bees (Campaign title)-Toxics (campaign title)Shoot:Honeybee Mortality at Beekeepers Colonies in the NetherlandsBeekeeper (apiarist) Henk Brouwer in Zwiggelte owns 30 bee colonies of which in winter 2012-2013 half have died. Since several years beekeepers worldwide confront massive death of bees in their bee hives. Bees are vital for the agriculture, 75% of the pollination of agricultural crops in the open field and in the greenhouses is done by bees. Apiarist Brouwer keeps his colonies at different locations: in his backyard surrounded by agriculture and also in a nature reserve on heathland. It is very hard to draw conclusions about the reasons of the massive death of the bees. Possible reasons could be the varroa (parasite), nosema (parasitic mould) or pesticides. The bees of these colonies did certainly not die from hunger.