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 firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
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Bees: Wildlife and environment groups call for neonic pesticides ban to be retained – and extended to all crops
Seventeen of the UK’s leading wildlife, conservation and environment groups are calling for the current EU restrictions on neonicotinoid insecticides to be retained – and extended to all crops – to protect Britain’s bees.
• Three major South West councils now have neonicotinoid pesticides bans on non-agricultural land Cornwall Council’s decision today to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on its parks, highways and other public land  as part of an action plan to … Continue reading