Government to spend £10m looking for missing bees

Bees and other pollinating insects have dropped in number by 15% in the last two years forcing the Government to announce an investigation of possible causes.

Like bees, butterflies and moths play a vital role in putting food on our tables through the pollination of crops.

But, these insects are susceptible to a variety of disease and environmental threats, some of which have increased significantly over the last five to ten years.

Climate change, in particular warmer winters and wetter summers, has caused problems to the pollinating insects.

Hilary Benn environment secretary announced the £10m funding today (21 April),

He said: “This will give some of Britain’s world-class researchers the chance to identify the causes of the decline we’re seeing in bee numbers and that will help us to take the right action to help.”

Luke Walsh

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