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The native UK bee has been in decline over recent years due to a number of social and environmental factors. Similar declines have been recorded all over the world and some parts of China are already forced to use artificial pollination.

Bees pollinate 75% of our crops and if numbers continue to decline, it will cost the government a whopping £1.8 billion to replace them with artificial pollination. The Bee Cause campaign is here to raise awareness of this potential catastrophe and to encourage David Cameron to set up a national Bee Action Plan, which will see the end of some pesticide usage.

Along with campaigning and raising awareness, Manchester FOE is also supporting its local bees by creating more bee friendly habitats around the city.

For more information on the national campaign, visit The Bee Cause website.

Or to get involved with Manchester FOE’s bee activities contact either Steph or Cat on steph@manchesterfoe.org.uk / cat@manchesterfoe.org.uk.


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    Bees: Call for action as global review highlights pesticide threat

    Published on behalf of The Bee Coalition (Friends  of  the  Earth, Buglife,  ClientEarth,  Environmental  Justice  Foundation,   Natural  Beekeeping  Trust,  Pesticide  Action  Network,  RSPB  and  Soil  Association). A  new  report  released  today confirms  harm  to  bees  from  neonicotinoid  insecticides  and  suggests  the  … Continue reading

    24th Jun 2014
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    Public urged to become bee-spotters in first annual count

    People around the UK are being urged to take part in the first Great British Bee Count, which starts today (Tuesday 10 June 2014) and runs until the end of August, to help scientists build a nationwide picture of bee … Continue reading

    10th Jun 2014
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    Honey bee foraging holds key to healthy land

    Commenting on new research by the University of Sussex, published today, which says honey bees’ foraging preferences can provide the Government with valuable information about how to improve how farmland, countryside and urban areas are planned and managed, Paul de … Continue reading

    22nd May 2014
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    Calls for more pesticide research as US study strengthens link between neonicotinoids & bee decline

    Two neonicotinoid insecticides, widely used in the United States, appear to significantly harm honey bee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study published today by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).

    10th May 2014
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    Help feed the bees of Ashton Village

    On Saturday 10th May residents of Ashton on Mersey will have an opportunity to plant a bee-friendly meadow and learn more about what the simple things they can do to help their local bees.

    8th May 2014
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    TV presenter, Alys Fowler, urges gardeners to help bees

    Gardeners are being urged to create bee-friendly gardens this Easter, traditionally one of the busiest gardening weekends of the year, to help protect bees threatened by habitat loss and climate change.

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    Want to be part of the generation that saves our bees? Demand a brilliant Bee Action Plan

    A plan to save our bees. Last year tens of thousands people convinced the Government to create a national Bee Action Plan to save British bees. Now Bees Minister Lord de Mauley wants your thoughts on his draft plan.

    8th Mar 2014
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    Bees: Draft National Pollinator Strategy must be strengthened

    A draft Government action plan published today [Thursday 6 March 2014] aimed at safeguarding Britain’s bees and other under-threat pollinators, must be considerably strengthened if it’s going to be effective, Friends of the Earth warned today.

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    New bumblebee threat highlights need for tough Government action

    Commenting on new research in the journal Nature, which has found that two diseases affecting honeybees are spilling over into wild bumblebees, Friends of the Earth’s Nature Campaigner, Paul de Zylva, said: “This is yet another blow to Britain’s under-threat … Continue reading

    20th Feb 2014
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    New study showing pesticides impair bees’ ability to gather food highlights need for urgent action

    Commenting on new research from the University of Sussex and University of Stirling, which says that controversial pesticides ingested by bumble bees can seriously impact the insects’ ability to collect food, even at very low levels of contamination, Friends of … Continue reading

    29th Jan 2014
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