• See also honey
  • Bees are responsible for pollinating large numbers of crops, particularly fruit crops. Pollination is required before a flower, for example an apple flower, can go on and produce fruit.
  • In recent years there has been huge concern over the sudden collapse of bee colonies. The reasons are not really understood.
  • 'If the bee became extinct, man would only survive a few years beyond it'' anon (sometimes attributed to Einstein)


  • Bumblebee Conservation Trust Saving the sound of summerBumblebees are beautiful, hard working and incredibly important pollinators. The UK had 27 species, but sadly 3 are nationally extinct, and others are seriously threatened. Join today and help us to conserve bumblebees for future generations to enjoy.
  • Make your own solitary bee house. Making your own bee house is very simple, easy and fun. A house for solitary bees can be made out of recycled materials, and placed anywhere, irrespective of whether you live in the city or country.
  • Vanishing of the BeesBees are dying in their billions. In the UK, around one fifth of honeybee hives were lost in the winter of 2008/09. Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat, and this contributes 200 million a year to the UK economy.