SOS for Honeybees

Since 2009 we have been campaigning to raise awareness of the plight of bees and how we can take action to decelerate the UK honeybee population.

Coronavirus Update

Since the start of the lockdown, the NFWI’s Public Affairs team has encouraged WI members to take action on WI campaigns from home.

This is particularly the case for our popular ‘SOS for Honeybees’ campaign. For World Bee Day on 20 May, we launched our new honeybee resources on My WI. These can be found here.

A honeybee sitting inside a large yellow flower


Bee populations remain under threat from a number of forces including habitat loss, climate change, the spread of pests and diseases and pesticide use. Honeybee decline is a major threat not only to biodiversity but to our way of life. As well as making honey, honeybees play an important role in pollinating plants. Around a third of our diet is directly dependent on bees, making them central to our existence.

What we have achieved so far

A group of women dressed in bee costumes

Since 2009, the WI has teamed up with Friends of the Earth to lobby the government to create an action plan to support honeybees. WI members successfully lobbied their MPs to make sure bees got their fair share of funding for pollinator research. Members also raised awareness in their own communities, by holding Bee Aware action days, pledging to become Bee Ambassadors and creating their own bee-friendly gardens.

A woman standing in front of a large screen speaking to the audience at the Bee Summit

The WI teamed up with Friends of the Earth to persuade the government to launch a strong Bee Action Plan to tackle bee decline. In 2014 the government launched the National Pollinator Strategy at the first national Bee Summit, co-hosted by the WI and Friends of the Earth.

For World Bee Day 2020, the Public Affairs team worked with the NFWI Unit to produce some new SOS for Honeybees campaign resources. Click on the link below.

How you can get involved

  1. Check out our new campaign resources/ our resources launched on World Bee Day 2020. You will find recipes, gardening tips and short how-to videos.
  2. You can also raise awareness at village fetes or county shows by encouraging people to use our bee and pollinator-friendly plant spotting leaflet, available to download here.
  3. Use our template letter to share your concerns about the recently authorised use of neonicotinoid-based pesticides with your MP. More information available on My WI.
  4. Find out more about the National Pollinator Strategy here.
  5. Download the legacy pack here.

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