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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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    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

    15th Oct 2014
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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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    Creating Bee Worlds

    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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    Is the Government doing enough to help our hard-working bees?

    Bees beat their wings an incredible 230 times a second to stay airborne. Now the bees need the Government to be just as energetic if its plan to save them is to be credible. We back today’s call from the … Continue reading

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    Bees: Call for action as global review highlights pesticide threat

    Published on behalf of The Bee Coalition (Friends  of  the  Earth, Buglife,  ClientEarth,  Environmental  Justice  Foundation,   Natural  Beekeeping  Trust,  Pesticide  Action  Network,  RSPB  and  Soil  Association). A  new  report  released  today confirms  harm  to  bees  from  neonicotinoid  insecticides  and  suggests  the  … Continue reading

    24th Jun 2014
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    Public urged to become bee-spotters in first annual count

    People around the UK are being urged to take part in the first Great British Bee Count, which starts today (Tuesday 10 June 2014) and runs until the end of August, to help scientists build a nationwide picture of bee … Continue reading

    10th Jun 2014
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