Research shows humans responsible for bee decline

New research has been carried out into the decline of pollinating insect populations, garden and greenhouse enthusiasts may be interested to learn.

The Countryside Survey Partnership study found that changes to small patches of land over an extended period of time have contributed to the falling number of bees and other insects.

According to the report, a decrease in the number of wild plant species providing nectar for bees fell in the years between 1990 and 2007.

This occurred in small patches of semi-natural habitat, but had a combined effect that was highly significant in maintaining bee populations.

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman explained that such insects are vital to human existence as they help grow the food that provides sustenance for mankind.

"It is important that we investigate the causes of the decline and take action to address it," she said.

Ms Spelman added that the UK has some of the best environmental scientists on earth and that their skills could be key to working out how human behaviour affects the world around us.

Meanwhile, the Department for Food and Rural Affairs recently announced a £100 million commitment to forestry funding lasting until 2015.