Plight of the bee
Vanishing Bees Film now out:
George Monbiot on research into bee decline:
Kingston Environment Centre
We are recognising the decline in pollinators will result in a crisis in food production. Nobody is certain why the decline is happening. Many people do not realise what they can do to help restore the bees to their former numbers.
Pollinators include solitary bees and Honeybees. And the range of food plants they pollinate is huge. Main ones include apples, pears, cherries, plums, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkins, squashes, turnips, beans, salad crops and onions.
Without bees many of our most beautiful flowers would become extinct – we have lost 30% of honey bees over 2007 and 2008. We hope that increased public involvement will help to reverse this trend.
We have established a small bee sanctuary, planted bee frienly plants and arew leaving the area undisturbed.
An event we held in May 2009 included – homes for Bees – a workshop. Whats involved in keeping honeybees. Social insects – observation & identification . With stalls, discussions, practical workshops performance and Bee fun the afternoon attracted gardeners, bee keepers and Kingston MP Ed Davey.
Therewas also an observation hive, to see the inside workings of a beehive.
Kingston Green Radio FM played themed music for the occasion
Soil Association mail October 2009
Thank you for signing our petition to ban neonicotinoid sprays, which have been implicated in the collapse of bee colonies. Our campaign is really gaining momentum:
• We have had a very successful meeting with the Prime Minister’s strategy unit at Number 10. We welcome the Prime Minister’s promise to investigate the decline of honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators.
• We are pressing for more research into the effects of using neonicotinoids, which are banned under organic standards, and further research into the impacts of different farming models. Neonicotinoids are banned or suspended in a number of countries in Europe due to the strength of the evidence of their role in the disappearance of bees.
• The Soil Association has also helped to launch a major new film ‘Vanishing of the Bees’ that investigates the economic, political and ecological implications of the recent worldwide decline of the honeybee.