Is beekeeping good for wildlife?
Tonight Monty introduced 10,000 highly efficient non native pollen and nectar collectors to his garden. Surely the native bumble bees, solitary bees and other pollen/nectar feeding insects will suffer badly. They cannot compete against the military like organisation of a swarm of honey bees.
Over the last few years we have not had honey bees in our garden and the number of bumble bees we see seems to have increased.
If we introduced any other non native creature in their thousands it would harm the ecosystem. Why are honey bees different? I can see the logic in commercial fruit growing areas but not in gardens or the countryside.