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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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    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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    Govt response to MPs concerns over Bee Action Plan inadequate

    Commenting on the Government’s response today (Wednesday 15 October 2014) to a report by a Committee of MPs that was critical of its draft National Pollinator Strategy, Friends of the Earth Nature Campaigner Sandra Bell said: “This response will simply … Continue reading

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    Bumblebees most spotted in Great British Bee Count

    Yellow and black bumblebees have been the most common species seen by people logging bee sightings for The Great British Bee Count this summer, using a smartphone app developed by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q, interim results released … Continue reading

    21st Aug 2014
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    Create a Bee World

    Creating spaces where bees can thrive. Friends of the Earth’s Bee Worlds project has been a brilliant success. We now have over 200, smashing our initial targets of 60 for 2013 and 80 for 2014. Let’s continue to cover the … Continue reading

    7th Aug 2014
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    Manchester is Buzzin! (Dig the City)

    Manchester Friends of the Earth showcases its bee-friendly garden as part of urban gardening festival, Dig the City

    1st Aug 2014
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    Bees: Govt must get tougher on pesticides, say MPs

    A new report published today (Monday 28 July 2014) by a committee of MPs criticising the lack of effective Government action to protect UK bees from harmful insecticides, and the reliance on pesticide safety tests carried out by chemical firms, … Continue reading

    28th Jul 2014
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