Whiteford lends support to bee-saving campaign

BUZZ: MP Eilidih Whiteford has backed the campaign to save Britain's bees.
BUZZ: MP Eilidih Whiteford has backed the campaign to save Britain's bees.

Banfff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford joined a giant bumble bee and campaigners from Friends of the Earth this week to bring attention to the declining number of bees.

Friends of the Earth, an environmental charity, has seen more than 125 MPs show their support for threatened bees, the charity launching their campaign last year which calls for the UK Government to introduce an action plan to save Britain’s bees.

To date it has been backed by more than 80,000 people.

Bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants. A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.

Commenting, Eilidh Whiteford MP said: “The rapid decline in bee numbers is a concern. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too.

“Across the North-east there are many bee-keepers and honey producers and, indeed, I’ve met with some of them, and it’s clear that our local shops would be the poorer without their high quality honey.”

Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director Andy Atkins said: “I’m delighted Eilidh Whiteford MP is showing support for Britain’s threatened bees – they are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.

“People up and down the UK can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive, but it is vital that the UK Government does its bit too by introducing a National Bee Action Plan.”

A study last year found that if bees were to disappear, it would cost farmers at least £1.8 billion per year to pollinate by hand.