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Northamptonshire bee hives becoming 'mortuaries'

Bee keepers at a hike

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A bee keeper in Northamptonshire is battling to stem the decline in the bee population.

Bee keeper Mark Bradshaw said many hives have 'become mortuaries', often because of infestation by a parasite.

Mr Bradshaw is planting bee friendly flowers to encourage colonies.

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