Peter Hain MP Calls for Government Action to Save Bees

Neath MP Peter Hain joined Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaigners on 23rd September to support calls for the Government to improve its plan to protect bees.

Toxic pesticides and the loss of habitat are major factors causing the drop in bee populations.

97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have disappeared in the past 60 years, compounding the loss of important bee habitat continues to development.

Mr Hain said: “I am deeply concerned about the loss of our bees and know folks around my Neath constituency share that concern. I’m backing Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause Campaign for a tough national Bee Action Plan that fully tackles all the threats bees face.”

“The Government must provide better support for farmers to create new habitat for bees and reduce their reliance on pesticides, and ensure that new developments built to tackle the housing shortage include bee-friendly green spaces too.”

Friends of the Earth Chief Executive, Andy Atkins, said:

“It’s crunch time for our bees – people, businesses and politicians from all parties have persuaded the Government to draw up an action plan to reverse bee decline. “

“That’s why it’s so important that MPs like Peter put their support behind the campaign to make sure that Britain’s hard-working bees get the proper rescue plan they need.”

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Peter Hain with Friends of the Earth