Why is Friends of the Earth campaigning on bees?
Because bees are in trouble
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.
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.
To find out more about The Bee Cause and what you can do to help, including how to build a bee home, please visit The Bee Cause
Hounslow and Brentford Friends of the Earth Bee Walk
Join Hounslow and Brentford local group for a bee walk set to start at Boston Manor park, where we will explain the importance of bees for the local community. Please contact us – via email link, below – to find out more about the event and to let us know how many people to expect. Some of us will be picnicking before the walk so come along early to meet us or look for our flag near the cafe to start the walk at 2:30pm.
Contact : Maggie Thorburn – firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Boston Manor Park, Brentford TW8 9JX.
Start time : time 2.30pm Sunday 2nd September