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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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    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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    Join the Great British Bee Count (1st – 31st May)

    This year’s Great British Bee Count is bursting with loads of fun, new ways you can help monitor our buzzing garden friends.

    30th Apr 2015
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    New studies highlight pesticide threat to wild bees

    Reacting to two new studies, published today in the scientific journal Nature, which provide further evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides pose a substantial risk to wild bee species, Friends of the Earth nature campaigner Sandra Bell said:  “The scientific evidence that … Continue reading

    23rd Apr 2015
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    10 easy ways to help bees in your garden and a free guide to help you help the bees!

    Bees can guide us to garden as responsibly as possibly, from growing the right plants, to avoiding chemicals.  For more wildlife-friendly gardening advice – including guides to peat-free compost, seeds and garden centres – download Ethical Consumer’s free Green gardening guide.

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    Tell Bayer to buzz off! Help keep bees safe from harmful pesticides

    Ask Europe’s Pesticides Commissioner to stand up to chemical giants and strengthen the current ban on bee-harming pesticides. Chemical company Bayer just lost a court case in which it sued Friends of the Earth Germany over its claims that a … Continue reading

    13th Mar 2015
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    Bees: Compelling evidence for pesticide ban, says Friends of the Earth following Liz Truss speech to NFU

    The scientific evidence linking neonicotinoid insecticides to bee decline is compelling, Friends of the Earth said today after DEFRA Secretary Liz Truss told the NFU conference in Birmingham that the Government had “told the EU Commission that decisions on pesticides … Continue reading

    24th Feb 2015
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    Vital role for local councils to make 2015 a good year for bees

    2015 is a crucial year for our struggling bee populations.  Last year, following the success of Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign, we celebrated the publication of the National Pollinator Strategy, now we need to roll out the measures across England … Continue reading

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    The real challenges for farming and why Liz Truss is wrong on pesticides

    This time last week I was enjoying the buzz of the Oxford Real Farming Conference.   It was a great start to the New Year to meet so many farmers who believe that farming and looking after the environment go hand … Continue reading

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