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Last Updated: Tuesday April 12 2011 12:35 GMT

PICTURES: 'Bee roads' plan to boost bee numbers

Bumblebee on a sunflower

Bees are going to get a helping hand thanks to plans to build 'bee roads' in the countryside...

Bee flying to a crocus flower

So what are bee roads? Well, they're corridors of wildflowers being planted in fields, so bees can feed on them.

Bee on a new blossom

There's been a big drop in the number of wildflowers in the countryside, which isn't good news for bees and other insects such as butterflies and moths.

Bee on a flower

Bees are important to humans because they help pollinate food crops.

Bee feeding on nectar

But one recent study suggested that bee numbers in England had more than halved in the past 20 years. Pesticides, habitat loss and the weather have all been blamed for the decline.

Bumblebee feeding on lavender

The first 'bee roads' will be built in Yorkshire. It's hoped the plan will then be copied in other parts of the country.