But with 97 per cent of our wildflower meadows lost since the 1930s, growing use of weedkillers that harm bees and kill the wild plants they depend upon, and agriculture and gardeners using the chemical pesticides that kill them, bees are under attack.
A 2013 report found that here in the UK, more than half of the bee, butterfly and moth species studied have declined in the past 50 years. In recent decades, UK managed honeybee hive numbers have decreased by 54 per cent, three bumblebee species have become extinct, 52 per cent of solitary bees have declined. Wild honeybees are thought to be nearly extinct throughout the British Isles.
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