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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.

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.

The decline in bees' diversity and abundance would have a serious impact on how our natural world functions.

We launched the Bee Cause in 2012 to reverse bee decline in the UK. Join us and be part of the generation that saves our bees.

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.

Help ban bee-harming pesticides

There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that neonicotinoids, a group of pesticides commonly used in UK farming, are harming bees.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared in 2013 that they posed an “unacceptable risk” to bees, leading to temporary restrictions. 

We want the UK government to support a complete and permanent ban on neonicotinoids – and keep any EU restrictions on bee-harming pesticides post-Brexit.

Over 30,000 people have signed our petition to the government. Please add your name, so bees can thrive again in our fields and countryside.

What can I do to help bees?

Since our Bee Cause campaign began in 2012, many thousands of people like you have been doing amazing things to help bees.

But there's still a long way to go until bees and other pollinating insects can thrive.

There's plenty of easy things you can do to create a bee-friendly habitat at home or in your community. Try these bee-friendly gardening tips, like sowing wildflower seeds from our popular Bee Saver Kit.

20 things you need to know about bees

From Shakespeare to Harry Potter – we’ve been in awe of bees for centuries. But how much do you really know about the insects that play such a unique role in our environment, economy and culture? 

Did you know: 

  • over 200 UK bee species are solitary and live in individual nests – in the ground, brickwork, wood or hollow plant stems?

  • effective pollination of many crops relies on a diverse range of bee species?

  • Dumbledore – a character in the Harry Potter series – is an old Cornish word for bumblebee?;

Get your Bee Saver Kit

Let's cover the country with bee-friendly wildflowers!

Search our Bee Savers Map to discover how many nature-lovers are already creating habitats to help bees and other pollinating insects.

Our Bee Saver Kit contains all you need to get started and bring some colour to your garden, school or planters.

The kit includes wildflower seeds to provide valuable food for a range of bees, a bee identification guide, a garden planner and bee guide.

Latest from the Bee Cause
17 Aug 2017
What do you get if you combine school children, nature, recycling and outdoor fun? The children at Woodingdean Primary school in Brighton have been busy finding out.
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