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Bees for Development worked to establish the Bee Friendly Monmouthshire campaign group in the autumn of 2013. The campaign group was established to address the dramatic decline in the numbers of honey bees, bumblebees, solitary bees, other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths and hoverflies, and indeed all insects in our home county of Monmouthshire. The Bee Friendly Monmouthshire group is now helping to implement the Welsh Government’s Action Plan for Pollinators at county level. This Action Plan was drawn up to address the dramatic decline in the numbers of all pollinating insects. This decline is caused by:
We campaigned for Monmouthshire County Council to adopt a Pollinator Policy, and indeed when it came into the force in 2014, the new Policy was signed at Bees for Development's HQ.
Pollinator insects provide vital service to the environment – POLLINATION – which ensures the reproduction of flowering plants and produces seeds and fruits that we and other animals eat. The insects are vital to the food chain; they feed on the nectar and pollen produced by flowers, and birds and small mammals feed on them. The drop in insect numbers has had a severe knock-on effect on populations of wild birds and small mammals.
Bee Friendly Monmouthshire aims to raise public awareness about the plight of the pollinators and their importance. To read the Action Plan and learn what you can do, please visit: beefriendlymonmouthshire.org