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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 /


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    10 easy ways to help bees in your garden and a free guide to help you help the bees!

    Bees can guide us to garden as responsibly as possibly, from growing the right plants, to avoiding chemicals.  For more wildlife-friendly gardening advice – including guides to peat-free compost, seeds and garden centres – download Ethical Consumer’s free Green gardening guide.

    22nd Mar 2015
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    Tell Bayer to buzz off! Help keep bees safe from harmful pesticides

    Ask Europe’s Pesticides Commissioner to stand up to chemical giants and strengthen the current ban on bee-harming pesticides. Chemical company Bayer just lost a court case in which it sued Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that a … Continue reading

    13th Mar 2015
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    Bees: Compelling evidence for pesticide ban, says Friends of the Earth following Liz Truss speech to NFU

    The scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid insecticides to bee decline is compelling, Friends of the Earth said today after DEFRA Secretary Liz Truss told the NFU conference in Birmingham that the Government had “told the EU Commission that decisions on pesticides … Continue reading

    24th Feb 2015
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    Vital role for local councils to make 2015 a good year for bees

    2015 is a crucial year for our struggling bee populations.  Last year, following the success of Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign, we celebrated the publication of the National Pollinator Strategy, now we need to roll out the measures across England … Continue reading

    4th Feb 2015
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    The real challenges for farming and why Liz Truss is wrong on pesticides

    This time last week I was enjoying the buzz of the Oxford Real Farming Conference.   It was a great start to the New Year to meet so many farmers who believe that farming and looking after the environment go hand … Continue reading

    14th Jan 2015
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    Honey product guide launched

    Ethical Consumer and Friends of the Earth today urge consumers to put the plight of the beleaguered honey bee on their shopping list by choosing ethically produced honey.

    10th Nov 2014
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    Climate change causes bees to fall out of sync with flowering plants

    Reacting to a new report from the University of East Anglia, published today (6 November 2014), which says climate change could be disrupting the relationship between bees and plants, Friends of the Earth Nature Campaigner Sandra Bell said: “This study … Continue reading

    6th Nov 2014
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    Bee Action Plan due: last chance for bees

    Ahead of the Government’s unveiling of its long-awaited action plan to reverse the decline of Britain’s bees next week (expected on Tuesday 4 November), Friends of the Earth is warning it must contain strong measures to make UK farms and … Continue reading

    31st Oct 2014
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    Allotments best for bees: Great British Bee Count results

    Allotments are providing the best habitat for bees while parks and roadsides need improving, warns a leading bee expert following the results of the first-ever Great British Bee Count published today by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q. 

    28th Oct 2014
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    Save the bees not the pesticides!

    Yesterday the farming and pesticides industries attacked European regulations that protect our health and the environment.  The National Farmers Union (NFU), the agricultural industries confederation (aic) and the Crop Protection Association (CPA) said the loss of pesticide products resulting from … Continue reading

    24th Oct 2014
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