Together, we can make Britain a better place for pollinators!

- by discouraging the use of 'pesticides'
- by creating more pollinator-friendly habitat
- by planting and encouraging native, flowering plants
- by encouraging beekeepers to adopt more 'nature-friendly' methods
- by promoting the nurturance of native bees and discouraging imports

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Friends of the Bees is a non-profit Community Interest Company, run entirely by volunteers. All our income is used to fund projects designed to improve conditions for pollinators, with a special emphasis on bees - and not just honeybees, but all the 250+ bee species living in the British Isles.

Possible negative impact of honeybees on wild bees

One of our concerns is that the recent rapid increase in the number of beekeepers in the UK may be having a negative impact on wild bees, many of which share the same species of flowering plants as honeybees.

This study shows that this is a valid concern, so we have some suggestions for beekeepers - both actual and potential - to help redress the balance.

  1. If you are only interested in having bees in your garden for pollination purposes, then consider making habitat and planting flowers mainly for bumblebees and solitary bees, rather than keeping honeybees.

  2. If you do decide that you want to keep honeybees, consider the more natural approaches, rather than starting a "honey factory" aimed mainly at productivity.

  3. If you have multiple hives, don't keep them all in one place and risk overloading an area with tens of thousands of extra honeybees, which may put at risk some of the wild bee species nearby.

  4. For every hive, or in every apiary, leave some areas wild to create habitat for other species.

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