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The Bee Cause
Join the generation that saves bees

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.

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. At the end of last year announced that 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?

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.

Ask your council to protect pollinators

Wouldn't it be fantastic if your neighbourhood was full of flourishing green spaces, for both you and pollinators to enjoy?

Councils can play an important role in habitat protection, restoration and creation. 

If you work for a council and want to adopt pollinator-friendly measures, or you want to inspire your council to take action we have plenty of resources available

Food, farming and the environment

Our bees, birds and butterflies are struggling in a countryside dominated by intensive farming with high use of pesticides and habitat loss being key threats.

As the Government consults on The future of food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit, Friends of the Earth is asking for a clear and ambitious plan to cut pesticide use.  And we are consulting with farmers to find out the best way for the Government to support them in adopting more sustainable ways to control pests. Because we believe farmers want to help nature too.

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