The UK bee population has fallen by 30 per cent since 2007, while more than four out of five plant species in the European Union (EU) are believed to depend on by .

After evidence emerged that could be a major cause behind declining populations, a temporary EU ban was announced on three pesticides while evidence is further examined. Labour MEPs were strong supporters of this ban in the EU and will be closely scrutinising any further development.

Members of the public played an important role in this debate: as well as providing a strong lobby, to make a case for protecting Europe’s bees in the face of heavy industry opposition.

With the wild flower meadows decreasing, private gardens are increasingly important habitats for our bees. A study by the University of Northampton found more than 50 species of bee in a small urban area, showing just how important our gardens are. By having even a few potted plants, you can really make a difference to the survival of these much needed insects.

I believe this would be a great way to keep on the political agenda. I hope that this time next year (on World Bee Day) we can celebrate a turnaround in the plight of the bee population.





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