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 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Environment Secretary Liz Truss will speak at a farming debate at Conservative Party Conference tonight (Monday 5th October). But will she acknowledge the compelling evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees and support a permanent ban?
Manchester Bee Summit to encourage local councillors, businesses and housing providers to help our pollinators
On Thursday 24th September, Manchester Museum will host the city’s first Bee Summit which will bring together local politicians, businesses, housing providers and land owners such as Manchester City Football Club and Network Rail to tackle the decline of bees … Continue reading
Responding to reports that Bayer is to remove the controversial neonicotinoid pesticide, thiacloprid, from garden products, Sandra Bell, bees campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “For months we’ve been calling for garden bug sprays containing thiacloprid to be taken off the shelves … Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.