Bees

Bees pollinate three-quarters of the world's most important crops. But they're under threat. This booklet offers a glimpse into the amazing world of bees - and suggests what how we can help save them.

What's the problem?

They may be tiny but bees are essential to a healthy environment and healthy economy. We rely on them and other insects to pollinate most of our fruit and vegetables – it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops without bees.

But bees are under threat and without them so is our food and economy. Friends of the Earth is encouraging people to make their gardens, streets and communities bee-friendly and take action to get the Government’s support for bees too.

How you can help

This booklet reveals 20 things you need to know, including some simple but important ways you can help Britain’s bees.

  • Learn essential facts about our brilliant British bees.
  • Create a bee-friendly environment, even if you don’t have a garden.
  • Grow bee-friendly plants for every season.
  • Support local bee keepers by buying their honey, beeswax candles and other products.
  • Find out how to organise a bee walk or bee breakfast.
  • Learn more with our handy directory of bee-related resources including websites, films, books and sanctuaries.

Download our free booklet now 

Want to do more? Get our Bee Saver Kit - includes wildflower seeds, garden planner, bee identification guide and more. 

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