It was good to see some positive news from Friends of the Earth after helping support the bee cause throughout the great British Bee Hunt. A bee also provided one of my favourite photos during 30 days of wild.
From Friends of the Earth:
I can’t wait to tell you this: yesterday, following advice from its own pesticide experts, the Government rejected another application to use banned bee-harming pesticides. This is a huge win for our bees.
But while our bees can breathe a sigh of relief now, I’m really concerned about what Brexit means for bees and nature in general.
Join the campaign to protect nature – including bees.
The National Farmers’ Union (which already had a similar request to use neonicotinoid pesticides turned down this year) won’t be too happy about this. Nor the two giant pesticide companies who supported the proposal (no prizes for guessing why).
Thanks to your support we were able to pull together a stack of evidence to oppose the application and show that bee-friendly methods of farming without neonics are available.
The use of neonics is currently restricted at a European level, but that could all change outside the EU. And that would be catastrophic for bees.
Can you help make sure bees are protected from neonics for good?
More and more scientific evidence is showing the threat to bee species and other pollinators like butterflies from neonics. As we figure out what Brexit really means for the UK, one thing we can’t do is let the Government lift the ban on neonics – there’s just no reason to do it.
Just this week we heard more great news that Dorset County Council will ban neonics from council-owned land. Another win for bees – and evidence of a growing determination that neonics mustn’t be allowed to threaten our green and pleasant land.
Together we can create a future that’s better for our bees.
Emi & the bees team
My first find near my school.