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The Bee Cause
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Let’s ban neonics - for good

A growing number of scientific studies have shown that neonicotinoid pesticides (‘neonics’) are harming bees. That’s why we asked Environment Secretary Michael Gove to commit to a total ban. He has just announced the UK will support tougher restrictions on neonics.

This is an amazing success - and it wouldn't have happened without your support.

But bees aren't quite safe yet. For now, we need to keep the Environment Secretary to his promise - will you help?

What is the Bee Cause?

Britain’s bees are in trouble. 35 UK bees species are under threat of extinction, and all species face serious threats. Right now, they need us almost as much as we need them.

The decline in bees' diversity and abundance would have a serious impact on how our natural world functions. This includes our food crops. Bees pollinate much of the food that makes our diets healthy and tasty – from the apple in our lunchbox, to the tomatoes on our pizza. 

We launched the Bee Cause in 2012 to reverse bee decline in the UK, and we've helped bees so much already thanks to you.

But bees aren't safe yet - so please join us and give bees a brighter future.

Bee facts and figures

120
How many times more efficient the Red mason bee is at pollinating apple trees, compared to a Honey bee
4
Number of seasons in which different bees
need pollen and nectar
97
% of flower-rich meadows which
have been lost since the 1930s
£1.8 billion
How much it would cost UK farmers to pollinate
their crops without bees
3,000
The crop area, measured in football pitches,
of Europe's biggest field trial, which showed
neonicotinoids harm bees

What's causing bee decline?

Bees, especially wild solitary bees and bumblebees, are in serious decline in the UK and globally. In the UK, we have already lost around 13 species and another 35 are currently at risk.

The biggest single cause of bee decline is the intensification of farming. This is compounded by the increased use of pesticides, especially neonicotinoids, which is having a devastating impact on wild bees.

Learn more about the threats facing bees, including habitat loss, climate change, pesticides, pests and disease, and invasive species.

Help ban bee-harming pesticides

There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that neonicotinoids, a group of pesticides commonly used in UK farming, are harming bees.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared in 2013 that they posed an “unacceptable risk” to bees, leading to temporary restrictions. 

We want the UK government to support a complete and permanent ban on neonicotinoids – and keep any EU restrictions on bee-harming pesticides post-Brexit.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced that tougher restrictions are needed on neonicotinoids. He recognises that the science is stacking up against these bee-harming pesticides and that farmers are farming successfully without them.

Michael Gove will be taking part in an EU vote on banning neonicotinoids soon, so we need him to know that you support tougher restrictions too.

What can I do to help bees?

Since our Bee Cause campaign began in 2012, many thousands of people like you have been doing amazing things to help bees.

But there's still a long way to go until bees and other pollinating insects can thrive.

There's plenty of easy things you can do to create a bee-friendly habitat at home or in your community. Try these bee-friendly gardening tips, like sowing wildflower seeds from our popular Bee Saver Kit.

Get your Bee Saver Kit

Let's cover the country with bee-friendly wildflowers!

Search our Bee Savers Map to discover how many nature-lovers are already creating habitats to help bees and other pollinating insects.

Our Bee Saver Kit contains all you need to get started and bring some colour to your garden, school or planters.

The kit includes wildflower seeds to provide valuable food for a range of bees, a bee identification guide, a garden planner and bee guide.

GET YOUR BEE SAVER KIT

20 things you need to know about bees

From Shakespeare to Harry Potter – we’ve been in awe of bees for centuries. But how much do you really know about the insects that play such a unique role in our environment, economy and culture? 

Did you know: 

  • over 200 UK bee species are solitary and live in individual nests – in the ground, brickwork, wood or hollow plant stems?

  • effective pollination of many crops relies on a diverse range of bee species?

  • Dumbledore – a character in the Harry Potter series – is an old Cornish word for bumblebee?;

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