Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Honeybees-Mortality-in-the-Netherlands-27MZIFVQLH17.htmlConceptually similarHoneybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2ACompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2BCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2CCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2JCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2KCompleted★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2PCompleted★★★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2QCompleted★★★★★★Close-up of HoneybeesGP01J0TCompleted★★★★★★★Honeybees Mortality in the NetherlandsGP04J2OCompleted★★★★View AllGP04J2LHoneybees Mortality in the NetherlandsBeekeeper Henk Brouwer shows his dead bees. Half of the population of his colonies 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 programms 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:Imker Henk Brouwer met zijn dode bijen op de honingraatImker Henk Brouwer in Zwiggelte bemerkt een massale sterfte onder zijn bijenkolonies na de winterperiode. Bijen en andere bloemenbestuivers nemen in aantal af, vooral in Europa en Noord Amerika. Er zijn geen goede landelijke of internationale programma's die de sterfte in kaart brengen dus het is niet bekend hoe hard het gaat. In de afgelopen winters was de sterfte gemiddeld 20% (varierend van 1.8 % tot 53% tussen verschillende landen).Locations:Drenthe-Netherlands-Western EuropeDate:4 Apr, 2013Credit:© Greenpeace / Bas BeentjesMaximum size:6333px X 4285pxKeywords:Beekeepers-Beekeeping-Bees-Boxes-Day-Death-KWCI (GPI)-One person-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.