Our bees are in trouble - but Britain's waking up to the buzz.
British bee numbers have fallen dramatically in recent years, affected by disease, chemicals and habitat loss.
Bees are vital to so much of British life; they pollinate our food, help keep our farms in business and help our gardens, parks and countryside to thrive. They pollinate 75% of our main food crops, including strawberries, apples and tomatoes. Scientists estimate it would cost £1.8 billion a year to pollinate all these crops by hand.
But British bees are in trouble: bee numbers have nearly halved in the past 50 years. Two species of bumblebee are already extinct. But if we act now we can save the bees.
The Bee Cause Needs You
Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign is making 2013 the Year of the Bee. And you can help by becoming a Bee Saver. For £15 you can get one of our Bee Saver Kits, which includes a garden guide, wildflower seeds, a bee identification guide and a garden planner. Planting seeds in your garden will provide crucial habitat for bees in your community.
You can help save British bees – but please act now. www.foe.co.uk/bees