A boost for bees as Defra works with beekeepers to implement the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 - Defra

honey bee on a flower Image by Photorama from Pixabay
Image by Photorama from Pixabay

Enhancing biosecurity, skills and science is central to delivering the aims of Healthy Bees Plan 2030

A raft of new actions were published by the Government today (Tuesday 5 October) aimed at sustaining populations of honey bees in England and Wales.

Defra today published its Implementation Plan for the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 which sets out more than 50 actions which beekeepers, bee farmers, bee associations and government will undertake to protect and enhance populations of honey bees.

Honey bees continue to face pressure from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats and the new Implementation Plan sets out actions to sustain the health of honey bees and beekeeping in England and Wales over the next decade.

The plan was developed in consultation with stakeholders and includes promoting training and support as a key action to improve beekeeping skills and provide a supportive and inclusive community.

Honey bees contribute directly to food production and make an important contribution, through pollination, to crop production and the wider environment.

They are just one of many species of pollinator in the UK, alongside 26 species of bumble bee, over 250 species of solitary bee and hundreds of types of hoverflies, butterflies and moths. Actions to support and improve the status of wild pollinators are set out in the National Pollinator Strategy for England.

The economic benefit of pollination – provided by all of these species groups - to crop production in the UK is over half a billion pounds each year, based on yield.

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