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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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      We need our bees

      MPs condemn pesticides secrecy

      25 MPs from across the political spectrum have condemned the secrecy surrounding moves to allow banned-bee harming neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) to be used by farmers this autumn.

      20th Jun 2016
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      7 reasons why the Government must not allow bee-harming pesticides back on our farms

      Bright yellow oilseed rape flowers are buzzing with bees but in some fields the bees may get a dose of banned bee-harming insecticide as they feed because of decisions made last year. And any day now the Government is about … Continue reading

      10th Jun 2016
      
      
      	
      
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      Keep bee-harming pesticides out of our fields

      Right now the government  is deciding whether to allow dangerous neonicotinoid pesticides back into our fields again. Please tell Environment Minister Liz Truss to protect our bees by adding your name.

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      Bees: NFU makes second bid to use banned pesticides in UK fields

      Friends of the Earth is urging the government to stand up for Britain’s bees after the NFU confirmed that it has submitted a second request to the government for growers to use banned neonicotinoid-treated seed this autumn. The application will … Continue reading

      8th Jun 2016
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      Great British Bee Count: A nation of bee lovers, but survey shows most people can’t recognise a honey bee

      • Thousands expected to take part in Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count and find out more about bees • Bee Count backed by TV presenter Michaela Strachan • Friends of the Earth urges public to create bee-friendly … Continue reading

      19th May 2016
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      Great news for bees as Government rejects application to use banned pesticides

      Welcoming news late today that Defra has rejected an emergency application for farmers to use banned neonicotinoid seed treatments on oilseed rape this autumn, Friends of the Earth bee campaigner Dave Timms said: “The Government’s decision to reject this application … Continue reading

      13th May 2016
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      Create bee-friendly gardens and spaces this spring, urges Michaela Strachan

      TV presenter backs Great British Bee Count 2016 The Great British Bee Count takes place 19 May-30 June 2016. Sign up for the free app at www.greatbritishbeecount.co.uk #greatbritishbeecount

      8th May 2016
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      Devon County Council congratulated on bee-harming pesticides ban commitment

      A pledge by Devon County Council to protect bees from harmful pesticides on council land has been warmly welcomed by Friends of the Earth, Devon Wildlife Trust and Buglife South West.

      14th Apr 2016
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      28 Great Plants for Bees

      Bees get food from lots of different plants through the seasons. As well as planting flowers, think about herbs, fruit, vegetables, shrubs and trees – they can all provide nectar when they are in flower. Use our guide to get your … Continue reading

      4th Apr 2016
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      Tell Aldi UK to ban bee-harming pesticides

      Supermarket chain Aldi is under pressure to ban toxic neonicotinoid pesticides.   Can you help persuade Aldi to do the right thing for British bees? 

      25th Mar 2016
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