Hungry bees in Devon and Cornwall will get a helping hand from spilt sugar in a new food waste-fighting scheme.
Supermarket giant Tesco has kicked off a programme to see sugar from split bags that is no longer suitable for human consumption collected and donated to a bee conservation charity. Beekeepers then make a syrup or fondant out of the sugar to feed bees who are struggling to find enough nectar to survive the winter months.
"Recent poor summers have also contributed to bees struggling to get enough stores into the hives to feed their colony throughout the winter," explains Nick Bentham-Green, chairman of Bee Improvement Programme for Cornwall (BIPCo), which is working with ten Tesco branches in the West Country.
"The Tesco scheme is a great help, especially at this time of year, and is helping towards the conservation of the native British honey bee."