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SOS for Honeybees

The SOS for Honeybees campaign was launched after a resolution calling on the Government to increase funding for research into bee health was passed at the 2009 AGM.

Honey Bees play a vital role in the pollination of food crops and in our environment. In view of concerns about the accelerating decline in the UK honey bee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into Bee Health. -Hindon & Fonthill Bishop  WI - Wiltshire Federation.

The decline of honey bees represents a major loss in biodiversity as honey bees are not only responsible for producing honey, but play a vital role in pollinating plants. Approximately a third of our human diet is directly dependent on bees, making them central to our existence.

Despite some recent improvements, winter 2012/13 was the worst on record for colony loss of honeybees. Wild and solitary bees are in trouble too; two bumblebee species are already extinct in the UK, and solitary bees have declined in over half of areas studied.

Bee decline is multi-faceted, with decreases in availability of habitat for forage, changes in the climate, pests and diseases, and pesticide use all playing a role in accelerating that decline. Such declines amount to a major threat to biodiversity, not just for bees but for the many species of plants they help to pollinate.

Resources to help you take action for bees: 

  1. Bees gardening leaflet
  2. Bees recipes leaflet
Contact Public Affairs for hard copies

New resources available to help call for a strong Bee Action Plan.  

The government has recently published a Bee Action Plan; the draft National Pollinator Strategy. CONSULATION NOW CLOSED.

During the last year, the NFWI has worked hard to help persuade the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that a joined-up, comprehensive Bee Action Plan is needed if we are to tackle bee decline effectively. The Plan is currently out for public consultation, providing a key opportunity to tell government what should be improved, as well as remind them that the WI and wider public are behind an ambitious pollinator strategy that will make a real difference to bees in the long term.

We have produced a range of materials to help you get behind the campaign and call for a strong Bee Action Plan:

  • Campaign Postcard (please contact pa@nfwi.org.uk for copies)

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