Dima: Hi, welcome to this edition of 6 Minute English with me, Dima Kostenko
Rebecca: and me, Rebecca Byrne. Hi.
Dima: Today we'll be finding out how a small bee has become the cause of a big problem in the UK - and how an environmental organisation has stepped in to rectify it. But first of all, Rebecca, do you mind taking us through some of today's key vocabulary?
Rebecca: Responds (Sure, why not, I think am becoming used to being your language guide!)
Dima: Excellent - and as you're listening to Rebecca make sure you keep your ears open, so to speak, because this vocabulary may help you guess the answer to this week's question. Ready? Over to you Rebecca.
Rebecca: OK. First of all, the expression 'to be on the decline'. I personally wouldn't often use it in my normal everyday conversations - I'd be more likely to say something like 'to be falling', or 'dwindling', or simply 'getting smaller', but essentially they all mean the same.
Dima: So that's 'to be on the decline'.
Rebecca: Yes, that's right. Secondly, the word 'pests'. A pest is an insect or small animal which is harmful to other species or which damages crops. And another phrase for you, 'the lack of habitat'. That's when there is not enough land that provides natural conditions for a species to thrive, or sometimes even to survive.
Dima: OK Rebecca, well explained, and now, as usual, a question for you. Can you
guess what exactly is the problem caused by the bees? Is it
a) that there are too many bees in the UK;
b) that the number of bees is growing slower than expected, or
c) that the number of bees is in fact falling?
Dima: We'll check your answer in a minute, after we've listened to the BBC journalist Lesley Ashmall. She tells us what the problem is using the vocabulary we've just discussed:
Rebecca: On the decline, pests and the lack of habitat.
Dima: Let's listen: