Environment Minister Lord de Mauley today launched Defra’s Bees Needs at the Plant Life Conference, hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales. The idea is to encourage people to do their bit to help insects such as bees and butterflies, with five simple actions to help pollinators: From planting more bee-friendly flowers to cutting grass less often.
Welcoming the launch today of the Government’s call on the public to do their bit to protect bees and pollinators, Friends of the Earth Executive Director Andy Atkins said:
“The plight of our bees is high on people’s environmental concerns so it’s great to see Government, businesses and communities launching this call to action to protect this iconic species.
“The good news is that everyone can be part of the generation that helps save our bees, from creating a ‘Bee World’ wildflower patch in your local area to helping scientists monitor bee health by logging any bees you spot with the free Great British Bee Count app.
“But the Government must also play its part by strengthening its upcoming National Pollinator Strategy to address all the threats that bees face, especially by supporting farmers to cut pesticide use and halting the continued loss of vital habitat like meadows.”
A recent YouGov survey  found that the decline in bee numbers was top of people in the UK’s environmental concerns (85%), ahead of climate change (83%).
Friends of the Earth are once again running The Great British Bee Count – the first national citizen science survey of UK bees. A free app enables people to easily identify bee species and log sightings of bees they spot while out and about. More than 21,000 people have spotted 610,000 bees since the bee count began in June – it runs until 31 August 2014.
They are also supporting communities and individuals around the UK to create hundreds of wildflower areas called ‘Bee Worlds’, to provide bees with food and shelter. 97% of wildflower meadow habitats have gone in the past 60 years. Anyone interested in creating a Bee World in their local park or area can apply for seeds and funding.
Here at Eco Lovers we do everything we can to help encourage positive action to protect pollinators. The small steps we all take can make a huge difference. Planting pollinator-friendly flowers is just the first step – make the difference!