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Bad weather leads to a decline in bees

Many factors - not least poor weather - are proving a real challenge for gardeners and farmers.

However, it's the plight of bees that has become a real global concern as three-quarters of the world's crops rely on bees and insects to fertilise their flowers.

Beekeepers staged a protest in London today calling on the Government to support a ban on certain pesticides.

Helen Pearson went to meet scientists at the Honey Bee Lab at Newcastle University where they are researching the effects of chemicals on bees.