Francis Ratnieks on PolliNation with Andony MelathopoulosWelcome to the first episode of PolliNation Podcast.

“A hairy vegetarian wasp.”

That’s how professor Francis Ratnieks of the University of Sussex describes the bee.

Professor Ratnieks has done a lot of research on bees, from honeybee biology to practical solutions for beekeepers and homeowners interested in encouraging pollinators.

This wide-ranging interview is full of tips for how to select pollinator plants, reasons for becoming a beekeeper, and common myths that people have about bees.

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“If you a beginning beekeeper, I would greatly advise getting some assistance from an experienced beekeeper.” – Francis Ratnieks

Show Notes:

  • Where Francis got his interest in honeybees
  • Why the advice on honeybees given to the public is not often that good
  • What the benefits are to keeping bees in cities
  • The unique challenges to keeping bees in urban areas
  • Tips for keeping bees in a way that doesn’t bother your neighbors
  • How many bee colonies a city block can support
  • Why planting floral resources may be the best way to save the bees
  • Why foreign species of plants may be just as good for honeybees as local varieties
  • How honeybees can fly up to 12km to find pollinators
  • Dispelling the myths that the public has about bees
  • How to recognize different species of bees
  • Avoiding bee stings and telling the difference between a bee sting and yellow jacket sting
  • What you can do to help bees in urban areas

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“Bees only sting if you get close to the hive, not when they are foraging.” – Francis Ratnieks

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