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MP creates a buzz about bee decline
9:41am Tuesday 12th February 2013 in News
CREWE’S MP has helped create a buzz about the costly decline of Britain’s bees.
Edward Timpson is among more than 125 Members of Parliament showing their support for Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign.
The charity is calls on the Government to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving the nation’s native bee species.
A recent study found that if bees disappeared, it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand - causing food retail prices to increase for shoppers.
Mr Timpson said: “I am extremely concerned about the rapid decline in British bees. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too.
“It’s great news that Friends of the Earth is creating a buzz about these crucially important insects."
Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins added: “People up and down the country can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive, but it is vital that the Government does its bit too by introducing a National Bee Action Plan.”
Find out more about the action plan at www.foe.co.uk