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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 Damian or Cat on damian@manchesterfoe.org.uk / cat@manchesterfoe.org.uk.



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      Make a poster to save our bees

      For over three years there has been a Europe-wide ban on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids. But this ban only applies to crops attractive to pollinators — it doesn’t cover crops like wheat. This October, Michael Gove will vote on behalf … Continue reading

      7th Sep 2017
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      Breaking: Wyevale helps the bee – but Homebase are still sitting on the fence

      You did it! Wyevale have responded to public pressure – they’ve committed to taking bee-harming pesticides out of their flowering plants. This wouldn’t have happened without the thousands of messages they received from people like you. What’s more, eight of … Continue reading

      26th Aug 2017
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      Homebase urged to act after most top garden retailers say no to bee-harming neonicotinoids

      Nine of the top 10 leading garden retailers and garden centres don’t want the flowering plants they sell to be grown with bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides and have told suppliers not to use them, a Friends of the Earth survey [1] … Continue reading

      22nd Aug 2017
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      Government must ban bee-harming pesticides as new research shows risk to bumblebee extinction

      The government must act to permanently ban bee-harming pesticides says Friends of the Earth as new research from Royal Holloway University released today (14 August) suggests that neonicotinoid pesticides pose a risk of bumblebee extinction. The research showed that queen bees … Continue reading

      14th Aug 2017
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      Silence

      Over 18,000 people have emailed Homebase and Wyevale telling them that you want their ‘pollinator-friendly’ plants to be free from bee-harming pesticides. But so far they haven’t replied to you, and haven’t committed to taking action. That’s tens of thousands … Continue reading

      3rd Aug 2017
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      Government urged to back complete ban after major European study finds neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees

      The results of a long-awaited, large-scale European field trial, published today, has found that neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees and wild bees. The results of the study, conducted by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and published in the journal Science, … Continue reading

      29th Jun 2017
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      MEPs back complete ban on bee-harming pesticides

      MEPs have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by a UK Conservative MEP to oppose a full ban on neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to bee decline. 43 MEPs on the Environment Committee voted against the proposal by Julie Girling MEP, … Continue reading

      22nd Jun 2017
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      Support for farmers to go bee-friendly needed as government bans harmful peticides

      Responding to news today that the National Farming Union’s (NFU) application for an emergency authorisation for neonicotinoid seed treatments has been declined by DEFRA Minister George Eustice, Friends of the Earth’s nature campaigner, Sandra Bell, said: “Once again the NFU’s … Continue reading

      26th Apr 2017
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      Join the Great British Bee Count

      Join us for the Great British Bee Count from 19 May – 30 June 2017 and discover the wonderful world of bees in our gardens, streets and green spaces this summer.

      19th Apr 2017
      
      	

      Let’s give Manchester’s bees a helping hand!

      Let’s make Manchester a City of Bees! Many of us will have heard of—or even taken part in—City of Trees, the drive to plant three million trees across Greater Manchester over the next 25 years.

      12th Apr 2017
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      Bolton Friends of the Earth meeting
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      Manchester Friends of the Earth Drop-in Wednesday
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      The Great Energy Escape (Manchester Science Festival)
      Manchester Museum
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      Firswood Community Centre (Longford Park)
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      Can fracking be fair? (Tyndall Manchester seminar)
      Pariser Building

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