The newspapers, radio and TV are currently buzzing with stories centred around the plight of our bees. They are under threat like never before. There is evidence that neonicotinoids, a group of pesticides introduced in the 1990′s, are partly responsible for the decline. This, together with the dramatic decline of bee friendly habitats, is causing real concern. Not only are bees lovely little creatures but the value of bee pollination in human nutrition is immense and difficult to quantify. It has been estimated that bees, in general, pollinate some 90% of the world’s commercial plants. They are also critical for pollinating wild plants which maintain biodiversity.
A shocking statistic is that 97% of our wild bee (Bumblebee) habitat has disappeared and this is exactly why A.Vogel and Bumblebee Conservation Trust have joined together to raise awareness of the plight of the UK Bumblebee. We want to encourage gardeners to garden with bees in mind and we also want to help create more bee friendly habitats.
How you can help: