This week Bill joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from the environment charity Friends of the Earth to draw attention to the alarming decline in UK bee numbers.

Bill was one of more than 125 MPs to show 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 on the Government to introduce a National Bee Action Plan.

Bees not only make honey but they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their numbers has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment and economy.

A recent study found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand. Food prices would, in turn, rocket.

Bill said:

I am extremely concerned about the rapid decline in Britain’s Bees. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside but they play a vital role in pollinating crops and flowers. It’s great that Friends of the Earth is creating a buzz about these crucially important insects and I’ll be doing all I can to help them in 2013.”

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said:

“I’m delighted Bill Wiggin 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.”

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