Royal Mail today launched a set of 10 Special Stamps that celebrate the UK’s bee populations. The stamps feature illustrated images of various bee species from across the UK including two bumblebees – the Great yellow and Bilberry.
New research commissioned by Royal Mail finds that although people care about the nation’s bee population, there is very little knowledge about them in general. Over half of people questioned (53%) could not name any type of bee – despite nearly 87% saying they care about the bee population in the UK.
Findings also discovered that only 3% of people were aware there are around 250 species of bee living in the UK, with the majority (71%) believing there were fewer than 20. Nevertheless, over half (56%) said they did try to encourage bees into their garden by planting bee-friendly plant varieties.