Make a buzz to save bees

RICHARD Aspinall at Oakwell Hall Country Park is right to be buzzing at the first sight of bees this spring (News, April 1)

Thursday, 8th April 2010, 10:45 am

This cold winter saw the death of a fifth of the UK's bee population.

Other countries are also reporting declines in the bee population.

One of the causes can be put down to pesticides, modern agriculture and disease.

If bee numbers continue to decline the cost of everyday food items will increase significantly. A third of the food we eat is reliant on pollination by bees, including apples, pears, raspberries, carrots and onions.

We need to make our gardens bee friendly, leave a patch of grass long enough to help bees shelter from the rain, get a list of bees' favourite plants and take advantage of any discounts on a bee box.

JOHN APPLEYARD

Firthcliffe Parade

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