SOS for honeybees
Honeybees 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 honeybee population, this meeting urges HM Government to increase funding for research into bee health.
Hindon and Fonthill Bishop WI, Wiltshire Federation
Since 2009 we have been campaigning to raise awareness of the plight of bees and how we can help them.
Why are honeybees declining?
Bee populations are 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.
We teamed up with Friends of the Earth to lobby the government to create an action plan to support honeybees. 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.
Our bees are still under threat. There are many ways you can support honeybees in your local community, starting by planting bee-friendly flowers in your garden, window box or in community spaces.
To get involved, download our Bee-friendly Gardening Guide below.
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 below.