MP creates buzz about bee decline

Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth last week to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers.

Jonathan Edwards was one of more than 125 MPs to show their support for Britain’s threatened bees. Last year Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.

Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.

A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand – which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and veg, to rocket.

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“I am concerned about the rapid decline in British Bees. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too. It’s great news that Friends of the Earth is creating a buzz about these crucially important insects.

“The Welsh Government to be fair has some good policies to protect Welsh bees. The UK Government needs to develop a UK wide plan based on Welsh policy.

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said:

“I’m delighted Jonathan Edwards MP is showing support for Britain’s threatened bees – they are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.

“People up and down the country can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive, but it is vital that the Government does its bit too by introducing a National Bee Action Plan.”

Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign is asking David Cameron to adopt a National Bee Action Plan:
• to ensure our towns and countryside provide bees with enough flowers to feed on and places to nest;
• to help farmers, gardeners and park keepers to reduce chemicals that harm bees;
• and to protect Britain’s 250+ bee species, not only the ones who make our honey.

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