The National Pollinator Strategy published today is a major step towards protecting the nation’s bees, said Friends of the Earth, which led the campaign for a bee action plan. But the environment charity warned that ministers must still do more to boost greener farming practices and reduce the threat from pesticides.
Commenting on the National Pollinator Strategy, Friends of the Earth’s senior nature campaigner Paul de Zylva said:
“This bee strategy shows that people power works – it has been introduced because thousands of people, organisations and politicians across the UK have stung the government into action.
“The National Pollinator Strategy will make a significant contribution to safeguarding Britain’s bees – but ministers must still get tougher on pesticides and do more to boost bee-friendly farming as 70% of our land is farmed.
“Bees and other pollinators are vital for safeguarding our food and countryside. Everyone has a role to play – we cannot afford to jeopardise their future.”