ANGUS MP Mike Weir has backed a Friends of the Earth campaign which is drawing attention to the alarming decline in bee numbers in the UK.
The campaign is being backed by more than 80,000 people and is calling on the government to introduce a National Bee Action Plan.
And the local Angus MP, Mr Weir was one of more than 125 MPs to pledge their support to the campaign.
He said: “I am extremely concerned about the rapid decline in bees. They’re not only an iconic part of our countryside; they play a vital role in pollinating our crops and flowers too.
“It’s great news that Friends of the Earth is creating a buzz about these crucially important insects – I’ll be doing all I can to help protect our bees in 2013.”
Friends of the Earth say that bees are not only makers of honey, they are also crucial for pollinating crops and plants.
A sharp fall in their number in recent years has led to growing concerns about the impact this may have on our local environment, farmers and the economy.
A study last year found that if bees disappeared it would cost British farmers at least £1.8 billion a year to pollinate their crops by hand - which would cause food prices, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, to rocket.
Friends of the Earth’s executive director Andy Atkins added: “I’m delighted Mike is showing support for Britain’s threatened bees – they are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.
“People up and down the country can help by creating bee-friendly gardens and habitats to enable bees to thrive, but it is vital that the Government does its bit too by introducing a National Bee Action Plan.”