Bee-ware or the honey could run out! That’s the message from local bee keepers and Suffolk’s Euro MP.
Suffolk has seen a rapid decline in buzzing pollinators so there is no way we can carry on bumble-ing along. Instead tough new measures and cross-border working are needed to save our bees.
There will be a hive of activity ahead of a vote in the European Parliament next week, as Suffolk Labour Euro MP Alex Mayer met Kevin Thorn, from West Suffolk Bee Keepers Association
The number of bees in England has halved over the last twenty years due to loss of habitat, climate change, invasive species and harmful pesticides. Yet honey bees — wild and domestic — are vital. They perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.
MEPs are voting on a package that could be the bees knees for bee keepers, including a ban on harmful pesticides, breeding programmes to produce bees that are resilient to invasive species, and an action plan to combat bee mortality with more research to find out why bee health is going downhill.
Waxing lyrical about bees, Ms Mayer said: “We would we in a sticky mess without bees. If we want our crops pollinated and to continue to eating honey for breakfast then these precious pollinators need our help.”