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The birds and bees c
17 April 2007

The birds and bees could be giving us a stark danger warning.

Mobile phone masts have been blamed for the death of millions of bees.

Hightown councillor and Tory parliamentary candidate Debi Jones says we should "heed this warning"."I had heard a year ago that certain birds and insects were extremely susceptible to the effect of electricity pylons and mobile phone masts," Cllr Jones told The Champion.

"There have been stories of complete flocks of migrating birds finding themselves off course when faced with a new mast farm or pylons. I feel we should heed this warning.

"Birds in particular have an inbuilt sense of direction and it seems strange that these stories are only coming out more recently and seem to coincide with the proliferation of mobile phone masts which seems to be never ending and sadly unstoppable.

"If wildlife can be affected to such a degree, even the humble humble bee, what effects will it have in the long term on the human brain?"

Scientists have said radiation from phone masts interfere with bees' navigation systems so they can't find their way back to their hives, dying of exposure.

The knock-on effects include lack of honey and decrease in plant pollination.

International mast campaigner and Formby resident Eileen O'Connor said time is running out for us to stop the damage from mobile phone and wi-fi radiation.

"Bees are very electrosensitive creatures and their decline is terrifying," she told The Champion.

"Einstein once said that when the bees have died out mankind will only have four years left to live because the crops would not be pollinated.

"This should go towards helping to convince people about the dangers of mobile phone masts, if they are not convinced by all the information out there already. 

"I am hoping this will be the last straw that will break the stubborn authorities into acting.  There is no time to wait.  We need to do something now."

The problem of colony collapse disorder has worst hit London and the South East.

Nature lover and mast campaigner Cllr Jones, Conservative for Manor ward, said she has noticed a lot of bumbles bees stumbling and looking "lost".

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