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The Bee Cause

 

Bee numbers in Britain have fallen dramatically in recent years. Three bumblebee species are already extinct.

Many factors are causing bees' decline - from habitat loss, to disease, to climate change. There is also growing evidence that some pesticides harm bees. Leaf Image

Because we need bees

Bees are essential to our food supply, economy and quality of life:

  • Bees pollinate 75% of our most vital crops and favourite foods.
    Without bees and other insects we'd also have 20% less vitamin C, 41% less vitamin A and 9% less calcium.
  • Without bees it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate our crops. 
    That's more than it costs farmers to produce all the milk consumed in the UK every year.
  • They're essential to our gardens, parks and countryside.
    Bees and other insects help pollinate over 75% of our plants, which in turn are vital to our insects, birds and animals.