Bees' Needs Week (9-17 July)

08 July 2016

Next week is Bees’ Needs Week (9 - 17 July), a national initiative to help encourage growers, garderners, farmers and landowners to act now to help protect the 1,500 species of insects that pollinate plants in the UK.

Pollinating insects are essential to maintain the exciting variety of plants and wildlife in the UK and play a vital role in food production. Research estimates their value to crops at approximately £600 million due to improved productivity. But they are under threat and farmers and landowners have a crucial role to play in their survival.

Five simple steps to meet Bees’ Needs: 
  • Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees rich in nectar and pollen
  • Leave patches of land to grow wild
  • Cut grass less often
  • Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects
  • Think carefully about whether to use pesticides
 
Get involved! 

To kick off Bees' Needs Week, the CLA will be hosting a tweetathon on Monday 11 June to answer any questions and offer advice on how how farmers and landowners can help protect pollinators. Join us between 11am-1pm by tweeting your questions to @CLAtweets using #BeedsNeeds.

A host of events will also be taking place across the country. Join the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for a Bumblebee Safari in Somerset; attend the first Chester Bee Summit at Chester Zoo; or join the Wildlife Trusts’ Butterfly Walk at Trench Wood in Worcestershire. The Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) will also be hosting a series of pollinator events throughout the summer which aim to advise farmers how they can help to boost habitats for pollinators.

Bees’ Needs Week is a joint iniative run by Defra in partnership with organisations including the CLA, Bee Farmers Association, British Beekeepers Association, Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Campaign for the Farmed Environment, Campaign to Protect Rural England, National Farmers Union and many others.