Take action to help the honeybee

There are lots of ways you can take action to help bees in your own area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1. Download new resources and help call for a strong Bee Action Plan.  

The government has recently published its long awaited Bee Action Plan; the draft National Pollinator Strategy.

We've worked hard to persuade the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that we need a joined-up, comprehensive strategy 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 for copies)
2. See what we've already achieved in the SOS for honeybees campaign legacy pack

The SOS for honeybees campaign legacy pack can be found here. It contains details of key campaign achievements and case studies from across the country. It also has ideas of how you can keep taking action for bees.

3. Pledge to Sow Seeds for Bees

It is really important that we keep building on the work that has already been done by WI members to increase forage for bees and pollinators. That's why we are calling on all members to pledge to sow seeds for bees every year. Remember to plant a range of flowers so that bees can have access to pollen from spring to late summer. Why not hold a Big Buzzing Dig in your community to revamp communal areas and make them bee friendly?

4. Support local honey

Many WIs have built links with local beekeepers throughout the course of the campaign, so we are calling on members to keep supporting them by buying local honey. Reputed to help prevent hayfever, the taste of honey also reflects the range of plants that bees have foraged on. Why not hold a honey tasting evening to test different honeys?

5. Push for more research into neonicotinoid pesticides, and reduce your own usage

In light of increasing concerns about the role of neonicotinoid pesticides in honey bee losses, the NFWI is renewing its call for more research into their effects. You may wish to write to your MP to ask if they will push the Government for more research into their effects on bees. Neonicotinoids are found in some garden products too, so WI members are urged to check labels carefully, and avoid using these chemicals in the garden. You may also wish to write to your local authority and ask them whether they use neonicotinoids on their green spaces and parks.