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The plight of our British bees

Bees and other pollinators are critical to our ecosystem. Yet whilst Britain's Honeybee colonies are increasing thanks to the growing numbers of amateur beekeepers, our wild bees and other pollinators are in serious trouble. The numbers of bumblebees and solitary bees has declined rapidly since the 1940's and several species are now extinct. Without the tireless work of our bees and other pollinating insects, over one third of everything we eat would disappear from our tables.

Across the UK countryside, bees face many challenges. There's the loss of natural habitat, a lack of forage from declining wildflower meadows, and a toxic cocktail of pesticides. In addition, wild honeybee colonies have been practically wiped out by the deadly varroa mite and managed colonies now need careful support and husbandry by beekeepers to ensure their survival.

In the centre of major cities across the UK we now have possibly too many honey bee colonies which are potentially out-competing other native pollinators for the limited amount of available forage. The best remedy here is to encourage public and private organisations and individuals to plant as many native nectar and pollen producing wildflower plants and trees as possible.

Just as our precious bees have a vital role to play in the sustainability of humanity, we all have a role to play in the sustainability of their environment.

Bee Good actively supports our British bees, not just with charitable donations, but by a programme of tangible support including the education of young beekeepers, supporting apprentice bee farmers and the planting of wildflower meadows across the UK.