A man dressed as a giant bee met the Prince of Wales
A man dressed as a giant bee has warned the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall that the world could be facing an “ecological disaster”.
Beekeeper Barry Walker-Moore, 62, told Charles and Camilla of the threat disease is posing to bee populations and asked them to back a campaign for more research.
Mr Walker-Moore, a Ministry of Defence technician from Cromer, Norfolk, met the royal couple at the Sandringham Flower Show in Sandringham, Norfolk.
He spent several minutes discussing the effect the varroa mite is having on bees when the Prince and Duchess visited the West Norfolk & King’s Lynn Beekeepers’ Association stand at the show.
“The Prince keeps bees and obviously knows a lot about the problem,” said Mr Walker-Moore.
“The Duchess was more concerned about my health and how hot I was in my Barry the Bee costume. I was hot but I put it on to attract attention. If we get publicity about the problem it’s worth it.”
Beekeepers say honey sales generate more than £150 million a year and honey bees play a vital environmental role.
The British Beekeepers’ Association is pressing the Government to fund more research into bee health.
Beekeepers say there have been “massive” bee colony losses in the United States, and the UK could face similar problems.
“There really could be an ecological disaster if honey bee populations are wiped out,” added Mr Walker-Moore. “It’s a very serious problem which the Government has to address. I asked the Prince to sign our petition calling on the Government to fund more research. But he said ‘I can’t’.”