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Peterborough MP backs campaign to save British bees

Stewart Jackson MP backs the Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign. Picture: Friends of the Earth.

Stewart Jackson MP backs the Friends of the Earth's Bee Cause campaign. Picture: Friends of the Earth.

Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has being creating a buzz about bee decline.

The Conservative member joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth on Tuesday (January 15) at Westminster to draw attention to the decline in UK bee numbers.

Mr Jackson is one of more than 160 MPs to have showed their support for Britain’s threatened bees.

Last year, Friends of the Earth launched its Bee Cause campaign, which has been backed by more than 80,000 people and calls for the Government to urgently to introduce a National Bee Action Plan aimed at saving our bees.

Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants.

A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.

A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand - which would cause food prices, such as fresh produce, to rocket.

Mr Jackson 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 – I’ll be doing all I can to help protect our bees in 2013.”

Friends of the Earth’s executive director Andy Atkins said: “I’m delighted Stewart Jackson MP is showing support for Britain’s threatened bees – they are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.

“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 Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign

 

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