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British Beekeepers Association
14th March 2011

United Nations Environment Programme's Study

The BBKA calls on the UK government not only to take action to protect existing habitats but to find the ways and means to create new habitats beneficial to bees and other pollinators.

Martin Smith, President of the British Beekeepers Association, said: "The BBKA is very pleased that the United Nations Environment Programme's study, Global Bee Colony Disorders and other Threat to Insect Pollinators, recognises the economic importance of managed honey bees and also welcomes its call for stronger government intervention to restore habitats for bees, which make a £153 billion contribution to global food production. See link to download below.

"The BBKA  calls on the UK government not only to take action to protect existing habitats but to find the ways and means to create new habitats beneficial to bees and other pollinators. We urge increased planting of wild flower margins around agricultural fields and also stronger guidance to local authorities on increasing flowering trees and wild flower planting in towns and cities."

The BBKA also calls on the public to become honey bee activists by either taking up beekeeping or becoming an Armchair Beekeeper by supporting its fundraising campaign Adopt a Beehive.