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06:20  20 may  2019
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Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species , the western honey bee , for producing honey and beeswax.

17 bee species have been lost from East of England © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Seventeen bee species have vanished from the East of England - with another  six species so depleted they are only found in a single location in the region - a new study finds. Climate change, pesticides, habitat loss and disease are hitting UK bee populations hard, with a further 25 species threatened in the East of England, according to new research, by WWF and Buglife, the insect charity. The research focused on Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk but the findings are thought to apply broadly to the UK as a whole as pollinator declines are a global problem.

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Bee Species now recorded as extinct from the East of England include the Great Yellow Bumblebee, the Potter Flower Bee and the Cliff Mason Bee. “The fact that our precious pollinators are in peril is a sad illustration of the dramatic decline in wildlife we’re seeing all around us," said WWF chief executive Tanya Steele. Matt Shardlow, Chief Executive at Buglife, added: “Our bees and other pollinators have suffered badly over the last fifty or so years, due to habitat fragmentation, climate change, and intensive farming methods, especially pesticides." "Imagine living on a tiny oasis in an increasingly fiery desert with barely any food, water or shelter - that is what much of the modern British countryside is like for our wild pollinators," he said.

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17 bee species have been lost from East of England
Contribution of pollinators

One in three mouthfuls of food we eat exists because of pollinators such as bees, which are worth £690 million a year to the UK economy, WWF said. Bees pollinate 75 per cent of leading global crops, including oilseed rape, apples, soft fruits, beans and courgettes, as well as 'polytunnel' produce like tomatoes and strawberries. The new study comes after a UN report this month warned that a million species are at risk of extinction globally due to a huge loss of biodiversity.

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A separate report in 2016 revealed that 56 per cent of UK species were in decline, more than 1,000 species are at risk of extinction and over 140 species have already become extinct. In England over 97 per cent of all flower-rich grasslands have been lost since the 1930s - that’s three million hectares, or an area one and a half times the size of Wales.

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