One reports that Bumbleebees are responsible for pollinating a range of British fruits and vegetables including raspberries, potatoes and tomatoes. Of the the 25 species of British bumbles three are nationally extinct and many more are seriously threatened.
Professor David Goulson, co-founder of The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, said
There are lots of plant species out there which will never produce offspring without the bumble bees to fertilise them," he said. "If the plant disappears it will then cause the disappearance of lots of other species higher up the food chain leading to ecological disaster.
Apparently there are 30% fewer Honey Bees this year and this combined with another wet summer has resulted in a honey shortage.
According to Stuart Bailey, chairman of the UK's biggest producer, Rowse Honey:
Supplies continue to dribble through and we might have enough for another six weeks or so but I expect it to be gone before Christmas.
It has been a terrible, terrible year possibly the worst for 28 years. Bee numbers are down again and the weather has been so bad it has prevented them from foraging. We will be lucky if the total honey crop this year amounts to 2,000 tonnes
Now it may sound to some a trivial thing but this is very serious. The economic impact of bees is huge and the £290,000 ear marked by Defra into the research regarding Bee decline is pitiful.