Britain's biggest local bee summit aims to "get Bristol buzzing!"

Tuesday 10th February 2015

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100 delegates gathered in Bristol on Monday 9th February for the largest local summit yet held to help bees and other pollinating insects.

The summit is jointly hosted by the Bristol University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, Bristol City and South Gloucestershire Councils, Avon Wildlife Trust, Buglife and Friends of the Earth.

The organisations have already teamed up to produce a Pollinator Strategy for the greater Bristol area. The summit will bring together for the first time many of the groups and individuals taking pollinator-friendly actions across the City area. It aims to join up actions that are already happening and stimulate more. The Summit will be chaired by Charlotte Leslie MP (morning) and Kerry McCarthy MP (afternoon).

Dr Katherine Baldock of the Bristol University of Bristol said:
“Our research shows that cities can provide high quality homes and food for bees and other insects. But we need to do much more to recognise and safeguard the places they need as well as improve many parts of the city that provide little in the way of food for pollinatorsprovide more. This summit is a major opportunity to do just that”.

Mike Birkin of Friends of the Earth said:
“Thanks to the pressure from hundreds of thousands of members of the public, the government has recognised the plight of pollinators and come up with an action plan. The summit is a first chance to bring this to life in a local area. The support of two of our Bristol MPs is a welcome sign that the plight of bees is being taken seriously”.

Andrew Whitehouse of Buglife said:
“If we want our children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy the benefits of cities and landscapes alive with insects and flowers then we must act together now to “Get Bristol Buzzing”.

Lucy Rogers of Avon Wildlife Trust said:
“The amazing attendance list for the summit shows just how much is going on around Bristol already. The Green Capital year is a great opportunity to celebrate that, and to bring many more people on board”.