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The decrease in bee populations both of wild bees (and  losses suffered by beekeepers), is still of great concern.

Loss of foraging area due to intensive agriculture, pesticides and disease have all been identified as contributing to the problem. Many organisations and individuals across the world are campaigning for action from governments.  A positive reaction in this country has been a great increase in the number of people keeping hives and much more awareness that this issue is a threat to our food security.

Most, if not all Dutch bulbs for sale ( excepting organically grown bulbs) are probably treated at some time in their life with neonics. The effect of this can last for up to 3 years after you have planted them. They affect worms and soil organisms and can also affect any pollinating insects visiting their flowers.
A reasonably sure way to avoid this problem in your garden is only buy ORGANIC, or BRITISH GROWN ( as opposed to BRITISH SUPPLIED which may be imported) bulbs. Also avoid bulbs not grown from cultivated stock( it will state this on the packet)  Ask the supplier if not clear.


For advice on beekeeping and plant health issues

National Bee Unit

Provides a wide range of beekeeping information, and collects data from beekeepers.

Pesticide Action Network UK

They are an action group concerned with replacing the use of toxic pesticides.

They have section for all pollinators including bees

Shropshire Beekeepers Association

events, meetings, and what to do if you discover a swarm!

01743 88452