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Why bees?

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live…”

Albert Einstein

The bee population is in trouble – and we’re on a mission to save them. Our latest and most ambitious campaign to date aims to establish at least 3,000 hives in just three years. Are you joining us?

Why do they need our help?

  • One-third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the past decade
  • Since 1900, the UK has lost 13 species of bee and a further 35 are under threat of extinction
  • Across Europe, nearly 1 in 10 wild bee species face extinction

What does this mean for us?

  • Today, with fewer bee-friendly flowers, unpleasant pesticides and increased urbanisation, there are just 270,000 active hives in the UK compared with around 1,000,000 hives in 1900.
  • Without bees, it would cost UK farmers £1.8 billion a year to pollinate crops artificially.
  • An estimated one third of our food depends on pollination – aside from honey, there is a considerable amount of food that would disappear from our shelves completely should bees die out.
  • The economic benefit of pollination to crop production in the UK is approximately half a billion GBP a year.
  • 80% of European wildflowers need pollination to survive and thrive – in turn, providing food and somewhere for animals to call home.

How can you get involved?

We want to make people fall in love with bees, not fear them – and help stop the population decline. Both businesses and individuals can be part of our mission.

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Businesses

Host your own beehive &
sponsor a beehive

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Individuals

Hire a hive, take a beekeeping course or get a sneak peak into the life of a beekeeper

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Beekeepers

Become a Buckey’s beekeeper and help us save the bees