Britain’s bee populations are in sharp decline.
It is estimated that during the winter of 2008-09, 20 per cent of the UK’s honey bee colonies were lost, due to bad weather, diseases spread by the varroa mite and through diminishing habitats, making it harder for bees to forage for food.
Pollution and pesticides are also believed to be contributing to the plight of our bees. Bees are important. They visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen and pollinate most of our fruit trees and some of our vegetables, which is essential for cropping.