Bill Turnbull responds to backlash after giving ‘wet and bedraggled’ bee honey

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Presenter Bill Turnbull, 65, told his fans he gave the bee a drop of honey and said it is now “ready to go”. But, while he was praised for his act of kindness, many told him he shouldn’t have given the insect honey. The former BBC Breakfast star shared a video of the bee sitting on his finger, in view of his 100,000 followers.

He wrote: “Found this one wet and bedraggled in the pond. Dried her out in the kitchen.

“A drop of honey, and she’s ready to go. Time well spent.”

One fan queried: “Dried her out in the kitchen, what in the oven on a gentle heat or sat in a J cloth?”

He replied: “On my hand. Warmer inside!”

Another commented: “Sugar water please. Honey can contain pathogens which the bee take back to the colony.

“Unless you can be very sure that honey really comes from her own colony… Sugar water.”

Bill replied: “It was!”

“Fab rescue… but not honey next time please,” a third added.

A fourth commented: “Blimey Bill, let the poor have a bit of a rest, not straight back into honey production!”

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust urges people not to give bumblebees honey “as this can contain pathogens (which is why honey bee keepers never feed shop-bought honey to their bees)”.

They add: “If there are no bee-friendly flowers around, mix 50/50 white sugar and water to give the bumblebee a one-off energy boost, providing the carbohydrates it needs to fly.”

The broadcaster’s post comes after he sent a farewell message to his former BBC colleague Nick Bryant.

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The latter took to Twitter to tell fans he will be moving back to Australia later this year.

He wrote: “I have loved my 25 years with the BBC.

“To work alongside so many colleagues I admire and adore has been one of the great gifts of my life.

“But I’ll be leaving later in the year – returning to Australia, happy, contented and genuinely excited about what’s next.”

He commented: “Big loss for the BBC and all of us. Nick is an outstanding correspondent and analyst, one of those whose reports always make you listen up and pay attention. A rare breed.”

Bill was the host of BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2016.

He stood in for Piers on Good Morning Britain last year, alongside his former co-host Susanna Reid.

The father-of-three currently works as a presenter for the radio station Classic FM.

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