Bees and apples have a symbiotic relationship. Bees pollinate the flowers, allowing the fruit to grow – good news for the cider companies – and the apple trees themselves provide pollen and nectar early in the year, which is great for the bees as it gives them food. In the UK, 70% of our food crops are pollinated by bees, so they are crucial in our society.
It is widely acknowledged that bees are among the most important pollinators, and concerns have been raised as to declines of many species in recent years. The last week has seen two important announcements that could benefit our native honey and bumblebees.