Photo and caption by Matt Writtle
There has been a dramatic rise in the popularity of urban bee keeping in the UK with research showing honey bees are healthier in the city than their rural cousins. The variety of flora and fauna in urban settings as opposed to one of monocultural farming in rural communities, catering predominantly for crops or livestock, is seen as the main cause. The abolishment of a third of hedgerows over the last 30 years has increased land size, thus facilitating a greater financial reward. Add pesticides and fertilizers and it's easy to see why grass doesn't offer a substantial meal for the bees.
Location: Middlewich, Cheshire, England, UK