Friends of the Earth welcomes Welsh bee action plan

The Welsh government has announced plans to develop an action plan to reverse the decline in numbers of bees and other pollinators.

Environmental group Friends of the Earth has welcomed the plans, which minister for environment and sustainable development John Griffiths announced at the Royal Welsh Show.

The charity is urging David Cameron to introduce a National Bee Action Plan.

Research by the University of Reading for Friends of the Earth earlier this year revealed it would cost at least £1.8 billion a year to replace the free service bees provided by pollinating our crops with pollination by hand.

Friends of the Earth head of campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: "This is great news for Wales which will hopefully push David Cameron into taking action by introducing a UK Bee Action Plan too.

"Our bees are declining fast and urgently need protecting - without them the UK would have to spend millions of pounds hand-pollinating many of our favourite fruit and vegetables.

"The Government must protect our environment, farmers and consumers and stand up for British bees."

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