Scotland’s bee farmers have been awarded £200,000 from the government to help restock their hives following the recent bad weather.

An estimated 4,000 colonies have been lost due to the prolonged winter weather.

Announcing the funding during a visit to Moray Beekeepers Association today (Friday 26 April), farm minister Richard Lochhead said: “The late onset of spring has devastated our honey bee colonies. Some farmers have seen their colonies virtually wiped out.

“That’s why we’re making £200,000 available to help commercial bee farmers to restock and rebuild their colonies.”

The Scottish government has already allocated £500,000 to help livestock farmers meet fallen stock costs – a further announcement of more funding could be due next week, added Mr Lochhead.

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