September 28, 2021

Being a Bee Doctor with Dr. Beth Nicholls

After a month off this summer, Unlocking Landscapes is back and this time it's outside, with a guest!

In August I met up with Dr. Beth Nicholls at Bedelands Local Nature Reserve in West Sussex. Beth is a researcher on the subject of pollinating insects, with a key focus on bees. She works at the University of Sussex.

We talk about:

  • what inspired Beth to become a "bee doctor"
  • the hairiness of bees (but not wasps)
  • educating people about the importance of all pollinators
  • issues around honeybees (and Asian hornets) in the UK
  • why wasps are important, how bee-washing is employed by the corporate world
  • and the need to change how pesticides are used in the UK

Thanks for tuning in and I hope you enjoy the episode.

 

Links:

Beth on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BethBees

Beth's research at the University of Sussex (SE England): https://www.sussex.ac.uk/research/labs/nicholls-lab/research

 

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