The continuing decline in bees will destroy the British countryside as important iconic plants die without pollination, experts have warned.
Bumblebees, the wild cousin of the honey bee, are responsible for pollinating a range of British fruits and vegetables including raspberries, potatoes and tomatoes
They are also key to a number of rare flowers including fox gloves, honey suckle and a range of wild orchids that cannot be pollinated by other insects.
However bumblebees are in sharp decline. Of the 25 species found in the UK, three are nationally extinct and many more are seriously threatened.
Professor David Goulson, co-founder of The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said many of the plants and flowers that are so distinctive to the British countryside rely on the bumble bee for pollination including lupins, heather and poppies. [Read full article]