Flower-friendly farms ‘boost bee populations’

 

An article written by Helen Briggs – BBC Environment Correspondent – says that “Planting farmland with strips of flowers can boost the number of wild bumblebees, a study has confirmed.”  This message bears repeating again and again – action needs to be taken, not least because bees play an essential role in the pollination of our crops.

Recent studies have shown that 1 in 10 wild bees faces extinction in Europe.  The European Red List, drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, found 9.2% of nearly 2,000 species are threatened with extinction.

Another 5% are likely to be threatened in the near future.

Threats include loss of habitat from intensive farming, pesticide use, urban development and climate change.