Save the bees
OUR BEES NEED YOU!
The British Honey Company supports beekeepers and in turn the British honey bee to ensure their future in our environment.
Britain’s bees are in trouble with 35 bee species under threat of extinction, and all species under serious threat.
The decline in the bee population would have a serious impact in how our world functions. Including our food chain… Simply put, bees keep plants and crops alive. Without bees, humans wouldn't have very much to eat.
What is causing the bee decline?
The biggest cause if the bee decline is the increased use of pesticides. However, bees are facing other threats including climate change, pests, disease and invasive species.
Habitat loss - changes in our land use, urban development and farming. It is vital that bees have enough flowers to forage, and safe places to nest. We have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows since the Second World War.
Climate change - As seasons shift,and we have warm and wetter winters, some species of bees may be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It can also be said, that climate change affects the timing of the flowering of plants that bees rely on for food.
Pesticides - Scientists have found that pesticides reduce bees breeding success and resistance to disease. In particular, pollen or nectar containing Neonicotinoids is extremely harmful, affecting the bees central nervous. This makes survival hard as feeding, homing, foraging and reproducing is affected.
Pests and disease - Bee keepers manage their honeybees health to protect them against parasitic mites, and jungle diseases. This in turn protects the wild bees.
Invasive species - Disruptive foreign bees; such as the Asian Hornet which recently arrived in the UK could devastate Births bee species.
Combined problem - The individual cases above are scary enough for the bee population, but there is scientific evidence to support the combination of all the above weakens the bees and other pollinating insects. A hungry bee exposed to pesticides, pests and disease in changeable weather is unlikely to survive long. Scientists continue to investigate.
How can we help bees?
Buy local, raw honey
Write a letter to your local newspaper and tell them about the plight facing our pollinators or sign a petition to make the wildlife a safe place and help our bees https://act.friendsoftheearth.uk/act/shape-future-our-countryside
Tell your MP you want a complete and permanent ban on neonics in the UK
Plant wildflowers. Plant bee-friendly flowers that are pollinator favourites, and help our bees and butterflies. Ask at your garden centre for flowers that haven’t been pre-treated with neonicotinoids, and avoid using chemical and pesticides and in particular neon’s for pest control in your garden.