Is Colony Collapse the price of E.M.F progress?

Mr Ferguson purchased a Georgian house in Bath. The only problem appeared to be 30 nests of bees sharing the same property. Everything was tried to rid his house of bees, but all efforts failed. Then Mr Ferguson installed a WiFi system; the bees left and never returned. (1)

Presentation to the Beekeepers Association, Glastonbury 9th August 2008 Mast Sanity


Similarly, when University Scientists placed a DECT phone near hives, both the weight of the honeycomb and the numbers of bees returning to the hive decreased. During one experiment, no bees at all returned. (2)

The common denominator here is that both WiFi and DECT transmit microwaves, common to mobile phones, TETRA, all similar devices and their transmitters. Microwaves are made up of both electric (like static) fields and magnetic (like magnets) fields.

Bees use the Earth’s magnetic field to help them both position themselves and navigate. To do this, they have magnetic materials in their heads, thoraxes and abdomens. (3) These particular magnetic materials can be re-magnetised by a stronger magnetic field (it is one way of making magnets). Once magnetised this stronger field will remain. Subsequently, their particular directional finding mechanisms can inadvertently misdirect them.

Let’s put this into some sort of perspective:

Honeybees have been shown to be sensitive to magnetic field differences of (1nT) one thousand millionth of one magnetic unit (the Tesla). (4) The Earth has both an horizontal and vertical magnetic field which the honeybee will both detect and use for positioning. Permitted magnetic field levels from transmitters are roughly 640 times greater than that of the bee’s most sensitive level; this is without considering any pulsing and accumulative effects from other nearby transmitters – e.g. mobile phones and WiFi. The Earth’s magnetic field is a static field, whereas the transmitters use an oscillating field; these fields have different properties. Imagine you are driving along a strange motorway and, instead of seeing one traffic sign, you see 640!

A problem humans living near transmitters often encounter is acoustic vibration (vibrating pipes, metallic conduits, even bed-springs), sometimes called resonance. Any constant rhythmic variation from a force (wind/electromagnetic/mechanical) can cause resonance in the atomic layout if the recipient/object is “tuned in” to that frequency.

Both the brain and the body of a honeybee can vibrate (resonate) from some of the frequencies used by the Communications Industry. Bees also “waggle-dance” to communicate within the hive; this “waggle-dance” sends vibrations used for communication throughout the honeycomb. (1)(5)

The frequency of vibrations for the honeybees’ “waggle-dance” are set at around 200-300 Hz (vibrations per second). This also is the pulsing frequency used by some mobile phone transmitters. (6) Hence, it is a viable proposition to assume that some hives near transmitters must be continually forced to vibrate, day and night, sending possible inappropriate signals.

The Varroa mite is often mentioned, along with other infestations or diseases, as a cause of the demise of bees. However, colonies of Varroa-resistant bees are also suffering. (7) As both Dr Carlo (8) and Alex Roslin (9) say:

Firstly – the problem is sudden and global, suggesting it is a global source; the coincidence here is the tripling of global microwave background radiation. Secondly – normally with a disease or virus the bees die within or near their hives, but now, in most reported cases, the bees are simply disappearing.

As one bee-keeper said on Spotlight BBC News from the Royal Cornwall County Show (6.6.08) “It is like a giant hoover just comes out of the sky and sucks them up”.

In other situations where bees have maintained their usual numbers, it is reported that their immune systems are collapsing (10) and/or their metabolic rate is suppressed. (2) This is not surprising. I believe the proof has been staring us in the face for years, but it has been overlooked.

When Universities embark upon lengthy research studies concerning microwave radiation and resulting cellular effects, they often use small mammals and/or invertebrates. The resulting data is written up and published. However, in all of the range of research I have studied, one critical conclusion has not been clearly identified: there is a direct, indisputable correlation between what is shown under experimental conditions and what is already happening within the natural environment. This is to say, if low-level microwave radiation has been found to suppress the immune system (using everyday levels) in the Laboratory, it will also suppress the immune system outside the Laboratory – in everyday living.

Exacerbating everything already mentioned is “HAARP”. Using approximately 180 transmitters spread over 30 acres, with a power rating of 3.6 million watts or more, this Alaskan super-transmitter could probably disorientate the best part of a country’s entire bee population if it were aimed in that direction, at an appropriate angle (to reflect from the ionosphere). (11) (12) “HAARP” may be the biggest transmitter in the World, but it is by no means the only super cluster of transmitters to be found. A look at any military site will show this.

Within my capacity as a scientific adviser, I receive many research papers from all over the World and I believe that what is happening to bees is also happening to other living things. I have a plethora of research on:

Butterflies, trees, plants, birds (including white stork, pigeons, sparrows and migratory birds), swamp life, frogs, bats, ants (who use the Earth’s magnetic field for direction) cattle and whales (”HAARP” can be used to communicate to submarines).

The common denominators are: all have suffered from the installation of nearby microwave transmitters (as used by the Mobile Phone Companies), and they either use the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation, or they are exposed to ground-currents (or both).

It seems that this scenario follows the worldwide proliferation of the Communications Industry. I can no longer find a trouble-free country where mobile phones, WiFi, TETRA, blue-tooth, etc., are being used.

Bees use similar thinking mechanisms as humans – that is, they can memorise and organise.(13) (14) If a strong magnet is placed near a hive under construction, a strange-looking comb will be produced. (5)

The bee is this planet’s most sensitive proprioceptive animal (using Earth’s magnetism and vibration to feel, position and orientate). Clearly, if a cluster of magnetic-wave-transmitting antennae are introduced into the bees’ environment, it will try to find a more tolerable territory – possibly exhausting it’s energy and dying in the process.

Not only are we interfering with the physical properties of this planet, upon which our evolution has been based, but we are putting at risk the very foundations of our food chains and webs.

As a physicist and teacher of science, if I were asked to devise a mechanism to eliminate bees from the planet, I would suggest the deployment of communications transmitters, using pulsed (modulated) microwaves, which penetrate every part of this planet. There is absolutely nowhere the bees can go to escape such microwaves.

I believe that microwaves from the new communications systems are suppressing the immune responses of the bee, leaving them susceptible to infection, causing their magnetic orienting capability to become compromised.



There is a new law; it is called the European Habitat Directive, which states “It is illegal to harm protected species or disrupt their habitat”.



Barrie Trower
Scientific Adviser to: Radiation Research Trust (UK), H.E.S.E (International), Electrosensitivity (UK)


First reported in the Independent on Sunday 22.4.07
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Some (Variable) Data for Scientists
i) Ferromagnetic compounds within the bees’ head, thorax and abdomen produce hysteresis loops.
ii) These magnetic crystals vary in size.
iii) Earth’s horizontal field 1.87 x 10-5 T
Earth’s vertical field 4.36 x 10-5 T
Earth’s dipole 8.1 x 1022 Am
iv) Microwaves (as defined by International Standard)
300 MHz to 300 GHz
*Wavelength = 1m to 0.001m
*Length of bee = 2cm
*Mushroom shaped brain = a few millimetres (+)
*Distance between antennae – similar
Therefore: resonance can easily occur with some microwave frequencies.
v) Transmitters may use side-lobes to increase power.
vi) Interference patterns can occur with transmitters.
vii) Bees are known to be sensitive to 1nT and varying microwave frequencies.
viii) Honeycomb is within the resonance band.
ix) Microwaves are used because they are more penetrative to building materials than radio or TV frequencies.