The humble honey bee is under threat from a killer parasite. But as they increasingly fall victim to the Varroa mite worldwide, students at Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan have helped two endangered wild colonies survive this term as part of an eco-friendly project, tending to the swarms and raising money for the scheme by selling honey and honeycomb extract. Bees are one of nature’s most useful insects. When they are collecting nectar they spread pollen, which fertilises food crops. But last winter one in five bee colonies died in the UK.