Eastleigh MP, Mike Thornton has praised local residents’ work to save the Potter Flower Bee - the area’s ‘iconic’ bee.
Bee-lovers have taken over 184 actions to save bees in Eastleigh as part of Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause campaign.
Actions include planting bee friendly seeds, signing petitions and building ‘bee hotels’ to replace lost natural habitat.
A new University of Reading report identifies parts of the South East as of key importance to the Potter Flower Bee and highlights the issue of habitat loss in the decline of bees across the region.
"It’s amazing," said MP Mike Thornton, "pardon the pun, but I never thought bees would create such a buzz. It’s great to see people helping the Potter Flower Bee. And I’m doing my bit too by asking the Government to introduce a Bee Action Plan to tackle all major causes of bee decline. "
Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns, Andrew Pendleton, said
"We’re delighted that Mike Thornton is listening to people in Eastleigh and has pledged to help save bees, especially the Potter Flower Bee. Bees are vital to our food supply, green spaces and economy, but they are in trouble. The Government must act urgently to stop their decline."
Friends of the Earth’s briefing on a proposed Bee Action Plan is here: http://bit.ly/BeeActionPlan