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York MP Hugh Bayley backs call for action to save the UK’s bees
10:22am Saturday 4th August 2012 in News
A YORK MP has backed local campaigners in their battle to reverse the UK’s falling bee population.
Hugh Bayley , who represents York Central, met York beekeeper Julia Mander and Guy Wallbanks, of York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth, to discuss their concerns after studies showed three species of bumblebee are already extinct.
Friends of the Earth wants the Government to support a National Bee Action Plan, setting out how it will support farmers to manage their land in a way which provides the food and habitats bees need, as well as reducing use of pesticides and improve the way bees are monitored and protected. Mr Wallbanks said: “Bees are vital for the pollination of many of our crops and we would be facing a food security crisis if our bees disappeared.
“There is a lot we can do locally to conserve our bees, and by planting bee-friendly flowers, we can all do our bit and make York a more colourful and attractive city.”
Mr Bayley said: “In the past, I have pressed the Government to suspend the use pf pesticides linked to bee deaths until independent reviews have confirmed whether they are contributing bee populations.”
He said he had also written to the Government asking for an action plan to be introduced. He had been told it was being considered and a full response would emerge later this year.