This is a group for people who are concerned about the decline of bees, and are working locally to help them or would like to get involved.

Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign is currently calling for a national bee action plan while raising awareness of the need to help bees.

Locally, many groups and individuals have been planting bee-friendly plants and Hackney Council has created several new wildflower meadows.

Please use this group to share what you are doing to help bees - as well as news or photos of bees that you've seen in Hackney.

Location: Biodiversity
People: 13
Latest Activity: Oct 30, 2018


Hackney's 50 bee species - A Talk by Russell Miller 16 June 2016

Bee Walk at West Hackney Rec June 2016

Capital Bee - campaigning for a bee-friendly London.

Royal Horticultural Society: lists of recommended wild flowers and
cultivated flowers that are 'Perfect for Pollinators.'

River of Flowers - a project to sow corridors of wildflowers throughout London and beyond.

Hackney Citizen article about the bee campaign, and what you can do to help bees.

News story on the Tower Habitats website about the campaign, and Hackney & Tower Hamlets Friends of the Earth's recent 'bee walk.'

Report of the bee walk on Friends of the Earth's website.

Discussion Forum

Friends of the Earth bee campaign and new RHS research

Started by Katherine Pitt Sep 12, 2015. 0 Replies

Couple of things:1. Friends of the Earth is taking the government to court over it's decision to allow the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in some areas of England this autumn.…Continue

Tags: pesticides, pollinators, bees, biodiversity

Are there too many bees in London?!

Started by Katherine Pitt. Last reply by Katherine Pitt Nov 1, 2012. 2 Replies

Article from the BBC website which reports that the London Beekeepers Association is saying that there may be too many beehives in central London while at the same time there is not enough food…Continue

Good Food for London Report 2012 - bees and honey

Started by Katherine Pitt. Last reply by Tim Evans Oct 31, 2012. 3 Replies

According to the Good Food for London report 2012, Hackney 'has made a commitment to…Continue

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Comment by Katherine Pitt on February 1, 2013 at 7:06

And - there is progress.

Comment by Katherine Pitt on January 29, 2013 at 20:13

Further to the proposed pesticide ban, Avaaz currently have a petition about this - please take a moment to sign it

Comment by Katherine Pitt on January 16, 2013 at 20:19

From today's Guardian - the European Food Safety Authority says neonicotinoid pesticides are an unacceptable danger to bees. Friends of the Earth is quoted.

Comment by Katherine Pitt on November 28, 2012 at 11:53

Article on the Guardian website today on the controversy over neonicotinoid pesticides.

Comment by Mike Martin on October 17, 2012 at 10:28

38 degrees have a new petition to call for the government to phase out certain pesticides that are killing bees. Sign up and get others to sign.

Comment by Katherine Pitt on October 15, 2012 at 18:58

Great. Have you been in touch with the new Biodiversity Officer at the council, Garry King?

Comment by Mike Martin on October 15, 2012 at 11:34

We at London Fields would like to fund a few small leaf lime trees. These have an abundance of flowers and are the favourite of bees. They are a native tree and they say they are the source of the finest honey. Read about the lime tree.

Other uses for limes.

Comment by Russell Miller on October 8, 2012 at 17:10

Yes many bees are dying off.  Queens will be looking to hibernate.  That said the weather is unpredictable and so are the bees.  Indeed in London it is believed many species, eg some bumblebees, have second broods over winteer.  This is due to the volume of winter forage provided by exotic shrubbery like Mahonia, Prunus subhirtilla and Lonicera fragrentissima.

Comment by Katherine Pitt on October 7, 2012 at 20:01

Many thanks Russell - amazing photos. I went out with my camera today to try photographing bees, but saw very few (and couldn't get close enough to those that I did see). Would they be dying off or going into hibernation now?

Comment by Russell Miller on October 3, 2012 at 16:54

I have posted some photographs of wild bees seen in Hackney. These are a few of the 350 native species.  See my 'bees' album.


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