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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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      Support tougher restrictions on bee-harming pesticides

      Environment Secretary Michael Gove finally backed tougher restrictions on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids. His landmark decision is down to millions of people keeping up the pressure for a full ban on bee-harming neonics – and it demonstrates just how powerful … Continue reading

      9th Nov 2017
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      Stop the massacre of migrating birds

      Every year more than 2 million migrating birds, including robins, thrushes and nightjars, are illegally trapped and killed in Cyprus as part of a criminal food business. A major part of this illegal killing occurs on UK territory on the … Continue reading

      29th Sep 2017
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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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      Stop the monster pig farm

      The beautiful countryside of Northern Ireland’s northwest coast could soon be covered in pig slurry. If a proposed mega pig farm gets the go ahead, then part of its day-to-day operation will require the spreading of vast quantities of effluent (that’s … Continue reading

      9th 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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      Biodiversity indicators highlight government failure on environment

      The UK Biodiversity Indicators 2017, published by the UK government today (3 August), shows not enough is being done to protect our natural environment, with too many indicators static or showing a decline in our biodiversity, says Friends of the … Continue reading

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      Tell your MP to protect EU nature laws

      The ‘Great’ Repeal Bill is meant to convert all the European laws that currently protect our environment into UK laws, ahead of Brexit. The government has committed to continue protections for food, nature and the environment after Brexit. But if our MPs … Continue reading

      19th Jul 2017
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