“The movement of bees and related equipment into, or out of, the affected apiary are under specific controls supervised by Scottish Government Bee Inspectors and include enhanced biosecurity measures and increased vigilance in the area.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Bee-disease-confirmed-1b36.aspx)
Scottish Government Bee Inspectors are working closely with their Irish counterparts, the Hibernian Government Bee Inspectors, AKA the Hibey G Bees.
“Despite the conclusions originally drawn by [the UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency], their data appear to provide the first clear evidence that colonies of free-flying bumblebees exposed to neonicotinoids used as part of normal farming practice suffer significant impacts in terms of reduced colony growth and queen production.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/26/uk-drew-wrong-conclusion-from-its-neonicotinoids-study-scientist-says)
The new conclusion has been drawn in more of a bee-line from the results.
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“In Europe, aggressive Argentine ants have been building mega-colonies, and they are out-competing local ant populations, which has sent ripples through the ecosystem.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23684879)
The ripples are allegedly caused by the mega-colonies fracking.