Two British species have gone extinct since the start of the 21st century, with more on the brink every year.
Britain’s bees are among the 1500 pollinator species that are essential to our food production. Without them, the price of British apples could double, and other foods would disappear altogether from our dinner plates. More importantly, they’re vital to our local ecosystems, helping our wildflowers and plants grow and spread.
However toxic chemicals like neonicotinoids are poisoning our wild and honey bees, causing colonies to collapse. At the same time, a staggering 98% loss of wildflower-rich habitats means food sources are becoming harder and harder for them to find. It’s a perfect storm.
Our bees and other pollinators are in trouble - numbers have plummeted over recent years, with grave consequences in store for both wildlife and us. However, there is plenty you can do to reverse the decline
Nationally we’re also campaigning for a UK-wide ban on toxic neonicotinoids, which are seriously harming our bees. And locally we’re raising awareness of what we can all do to help bees in our patch.
At the Wildlife Trusts, we’ve been restoring wild places for bees and butterflies across the two counties, both on our nature reserves and beyond.
We are transforming Barton Meadows Nature Reserve from an agricultural field into a wildflower haven for pollinators. We have re-seeded 28 hectares of the site with traditional wildflowers like birdsfoot trefoil, meadow buttercup and greater knapweed.
Over time these will feed and provide shelter for a wide range of bees, butterflies and other pollinators, for years to come.
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