The British bee population has declined at an alarming rate over the last few years – by a third since 2007. There has also been a massive decline in the number of bee hives in the UK – nearly 75 per cent in the past century. Sadly, two species of bumblebee are now extinct.
Why are bees in danger?
- Environmental changes such as the extensive use of pesticides, specifically insecticides, in farming.
- The loss of the flower-rich habitat on which bees depend for food. Natural habitats such as hedgerows, hay meadows and chalk grassland have all depleted over the past 70 years as a result of the intensification of agricultural systems.
- Disease is another serious concern. Varroa is an external parasitic mite that attacks bees and spreads viruses to the bee. A serious mite infestation will lead to the death of an entire bee colony.
- Changing climate. Recent wet summers have prevented bees from doing what they do best, searching out pollen.
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