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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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    Scientists identify new risks to bees from pesticides – Friends of the Earth reaction

    A new study by European scientists, published today, confirms that neonicotinoid pesticides applied as foliar sprays pose a risk to bees of all kinds. The new report comes in the same week that Friends of the Earth announced it was … Continue reading

    26th Aug 2015
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    Bees: Friends of the Earth mounts legal challenge over pesticide decision

    A Government decision to allow farmers to use ‘banned’ bee-harming pesticides in England, is being challenged at the High Court by Friends of the Earth. The environment charity notified the Government on Friday (21 August 2015) that it has applied to the … Continue reading

    24th Aug 2015
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    New study shows banned pesticide harms honey bees

    A new bees and pesticides study by the Government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) released today links losses of honey bee colonies with the use of the neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, one of the pesticides covered by a European ban … Continue reading

    20th Aug 2015
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    Great British Bee Count results: Schools top of the class

    School grounds and gardens proved to be the most bee-friendly habitats for spotting bees during the Great British Bee Count 2015 – highlighting their importance for Britain’s under-threat pollinators – results published today reveal.

    6th Aug 2015
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    Friends of the Earth takes first legal steps on pesticides decision

    Friends of the Earth has taken the first formal legal steps over the Government’s decision to permit the use of bee-harming pesticides in England despite a Europe-wide ban.

    28th Jul 2015
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    Bees: Govt allows farmers to use ‘banned’ pesticide

    Responding to news today that the Government has agreed to allow farmers to plant oilseed rape seeds treated with currently banned neonicotinoid pesticides this autumn, Friends of the Earth bees campaigner Paul de Zylva said:  “It’s scandalous that the Government … Continue reading

    22nd Jul 2015
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    Start your Bee World today

    Create a haven to help bees and other insects thrive. Now is the perfect time to apply – you’ll get your free seeds in time for autumn sowing.

    18th Jul 2015
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    Protect our bees from pesticides

    Bees are under threat.  Two years ago the use of some pesticides called neonicotinoids was banned across Europe because they were found to harm bees.

    25th May 2015
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    NFU attempt to dodge pesticides ban: Bee Coalition reaction

    Bee Coalition press release:   The Bee Coalition has reacted with dismay to news that the National Farmers Union is attempting to sidestep an EU ban on neonicotinoids, pesticides known to be harmful to bees.

    22nd May 2015
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    Bees: Govt urged to act on pesticides, as industry meets in London

    The UK Government must listen to the overwhelming scientific evidence on the threat neonicotinoid pesticides pose to bees, and support a permanent ban on their use, Friends of the Earth said today.

    14th May 2015
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