News 23/11/18: Studying Bees Could Make Drones Turn Better

Studying Bees Could Make Drones Turn Better

pest newsResearchers at the University of Queensland, Australia have been paying close to attention to the perfect turns bees appear to make during the flight. The better understanding scientists get of these turns, the more likely they’ll be able to recreate their flight patterns in drones and other forms of human flight.

In order to get some quality footage of bees flying, researchers temporarily blocked access to their hive. Unable to get in, the bees started to create a “bee cloud” outside. With high speed cameras watching their every move, the bees swarmed around while making any number of sharp turns.

For more information on this story, head over to Popular Mechanics.

Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers

pest control news novemberThe collapse in bee populations can be reversed if countries adopt a new farmer-friendly strategy, the architect of a new master plan for pollinators will tell the UN biodiversity conference this week.

Stefanie Christmann of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas will present the results of a new study that shows substantial gains in income and biodiversity from devoting a quarter of cropland to flowering economic crops such as spices, oil seeds, medicinal and forage plants.

The Guardian reports more on this story here.

Man fed up with pigeons offers £2,500 to solve problem

bird newsGeof Lodge spoke at Ross Town Council’s meeting on Monday night with regards to the Wilton Cliff opposite the Man Of Ross pub.

Pigeons gather and roost at the wall which results in a large amount of pigeon feces on the pavement.

Mr Lodge said: “This area has been horribly neglected in the last few years. The pigeon population is already 500 or more. It will probably be double or triple next year.”

To hear more of this story, head over to the Hereford Times.

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