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Sunday, May 18, 2003

According to a BBC report, British Bumblebees are in decline due to a mixture of land-clearance, pesticide use + an abundance of sterile garden plants which lack pollen...

The UK's 15 million gardeners are therefore being urged by the National Trust and English Nature to do their bit to help bumblebee numbers recover by planting bee-friendly plants...

The loss of bees is not only sad but it also makes it harder for wild flowers to reproduce and for commercial orchards to get a good crop.

In fact, in some places the decline of native bees is so bad that farmers are having to raise their own bees, with the help of specialist firms such as the Oxford Bee Company!