How It WorksExtinct Bees Could Cost The UK £690m

Extinct Bees Could Cost The UK £690m


- Advertisment -spot_img

by Dolline Mukui

UK bees are at risk of going extinct revealed in a survey. Data from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust suggests that the Beast from the East and last year’s heat wave, has had a detrimental affect on bees. 

The storm delayed bee season and the heat destroyed food supply, wilting flowers limiting their nutrition. 

This has left us with a question as to how many queen bees went into hibernation last winter.

The Australian’s have started campaigns to raise awareness about the bee economy

The bee’s pollinating services are worth £690m a year to the UK economy.

Last winter was recorded as the worst winter decline in the 13-year history of nationwide survey which is aimed at monitoring bee fortunes.

Gill Perkins, chief executive of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said “We all need to make sure our gardens, parks and green spaces are bumblebee-friendly to stop today’s common species becoming tomorrow’s rarities.”

In the UK there are 35 bee species that are under threat. Conservationists and experts are concerned that this could have a knock-on effect.

Friends Of The Earth said “The decline in bees’ diversity and abundance would have a serious impact on how our natural world functions. This includes our food crops. Bees pollinate much of the food that makes our diets healthy and tasty – from the apple in our lunchbox, to the tomatoes on our pizza.” 

“Scientists are starting to detect that changes in climate may be disrupting bee nesting behaviour and their emergence after winter. Climate change may also be as affecting the timing of the flowering of plants that bees rely on for food.

A new software from a tech firm has been created to help track and improve the bee population.

Rock Level have created a small backpack to sit on a bee’s back to track it.

Neil Swindlehurst, chief creative officer says “I don’t think people actually realise the scale of the problem when it comes to rapidly declining numbers,”.

The system takes a lightweight radio frequency tag that’s put on the back of the bees, which then sends a GPS location data to a computer. Rock Level hope that it will provide some key insights into what can be done to prevent the number of pollinators to dwindle even further. 

Not only is the extreme weather putting bees into but the loss of habitat and neonicotinoids

Pesticides have caused the decline in our wildlife

Last year the EU decided to ban neonicotinoids which is one of the most used insecticides from all fields because they were killing bees,

Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF, said: “The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, and the fact that our precious pollinators are in peril is a sad illustration of the dramatic decline in wildlife we’re seeing all around us.
We desperately need targeted action if we’re going to bring under-pressure wildlife back from the brink.”

Many Britons have been encouraged to plant flowers and avoid cutting their grass as often for the sake of the of pollenating wildlife going extinct. 

Dolline is a traveller, journalist and blogger who has palate to try new things. She is a very spontaneous person; you might find her skydiving over the Kenyan coast to kayaking in the Lake District. She can be an over thinker who thinks of every outcome but if she doesn’t she welcomes the change that wasn’t planned. However, she is a very simple person who is up for a good laugh or a book and enjoys living the moment. Dolline also writes for her small personal blog called ‘Swatches of Beauty’ and is currently a production journalist trainee at ITV Border.

Common Sense Contributors
Common Sense Contributors
Our contributors are friends of The Common Sense Network who write for us from time to time. We love hearing fresh perspectives from people in different spaces. If you would like to become a contributor contact us at

Latest news

Globe Theatre “Violating History” with Non-Binary Joan of Arc Production

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's Joan of Arc will use 'they'them' pronouns in the new production "I, Joan." Many have accused...

Serena Williams: “Between Tennis And Family, I Choose The Latter”

Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, and a...

Jennette McCurdy: Mother’s Unfulfilled Dreams Led To Abuse

Nickelodeon star memoir "I'm Glad My Mum Died", details abuse as her mother lived vicariously through her. Child actress Jennette...

Young People Are The Real Victims Of The Recession

The bank of England has predicted a recession with interest rates rising to 1.75%. How are young people able...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

Premier League: Taking The Knee Has Lost Its Significance

On Wednesday, 20 premier league captains confirmed that they intend to stop taking the knee before every match, instead,...

Ableism Goes Beyond Music Lyrics

Global superstar Beyoncé was in hot water over the use of an offensive term to describe people with cerebral...

Must read

Globe Theatre “Violating History” with Non-Binary Joan of Arc Production

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's Joan of Arc will use 'they'them'...

Young People Are The Real Victims Of The Recession

The bank of England has predicted a recession with...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

Globe Theatre “Violating History” with Non-Binary Joan of Arc Production

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's Joan of Arc will use 'they'them'...

Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis

The last thing I remember before passing out was...

Should The Government Refund People For Having Lockdown Parties?

The facts When the country was in lockdown in March...