Bees and pollinators
Why is everyone talking about bees?
In the UK, honeybee numbers have fallen by up to 30% in recent years and unfortunately worldwide bee populations are in similar decline. Beekeepers and scientists are unsure what exactly is causing these losses, but suggestions for the UK include loss of habitat and lack of food. For example, 97% of UK wildflower meadows have been lost in the last 70 years.
Since the 1970s, three quarters of butterfly species and two thirds of moth species have seen population declines. Two species of bumblebee have become nationally extinct in the last 70 years and there are currently six at risk bumblebees including the shrill and red-shanked carder bees.
These are huge issues that just simple cannot be ignored. That is why BeeBristol and many other organisations across the country are mobilising to stop this drastic decline and help stop this from becoming an even bigger problem than it already is.
We must all work together; individuals, charities, businesses, governments, children and adults.