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Welsh action plan to halt decline in bees

Welsh Ministers want to encourage green spaces, allotments and gardens to boost Wales' bee population.

The value of pollinators to the UK government is estimated to be £430m a year, but populations have been on the decline for 30 years.
The draft action plan announced on Tuesday proposes:

Ensuring farming schemes support land management practices that protect pollinators
Revising guidance to National Parks and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty land management better supports pollinator populations
Ensuring and supporting the provision of green spaces and allotments across Wales
Promoting pollinator-friendly gardening
Working with schools to raise awareness among pupils of the importance of pollinators
Issuing best practice guidance to councils

Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies said the decline in pollinators "poses a real threat to Wales' wildlife" and could also affect the country's capacity to produce food.

Public consultation on the draft action plan will last until 4 June. read more   

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