Australia creates B&Bs for insects to combat extinction risk for bees and other species

Beekeeping clubs have been opening and growing across Australia, partly to make honey and to encourage the survival of bees, which are under global threat from disease.
Beekeeping clubs have been opening and growing across Australia, partly to make honey and to encourage the survival of bees, which are under global threat from disease.PHOTO: THE URBAN BEEHIVE
A site in Sydney where safe habitats have been set up for bees and other insects.
A site in Sydney where safe habitats have been set up for bees and other insects.PHOTO: FOODFAITH

SYDNEY - In recent years, a sharp decline in the population of bees around the world has raised fears about their possible eventual extinction, which will threaten ecosystems.

The precise cause - and the extent of the problem - remains unknown, but the decline has prompted researchers, beekeepers and local communities to look for new ways to save bees.

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