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Sad day for British Bees

Apparently EU ban on two neonicotinoid pesticides has been lifted by the prime minister, despite growing global scientific evidence against there use. It's more important than ever that we do what we can as gardeners to plant bee-friendly gardens and avoid pesticide uses. image



  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    My garden has never been so full of bees.   I reckon that through time I have graduated from showy double flowers to simple bee friendly food sources.  Perhaps we should all go back to nature.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,585

    This year my clematis and alliums have been covered with bees and the echinops and hostas are just getting going.  Earlier on the snowdrops, crocuses and other bulbs were busy and then the foxgloves.   The roses I bought last year and this are singles with open blooms that the bees can access and they love them.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,999

    This was posted by a Bee keeping acquaintance

    Below from my beekeeping Society:

    Breaking news: an hour ago, environment minister Liz Truss snuck out a last-minute decision to allow the use of bee-killing pesticides on UK fields.

    It’s not good news, but thanks to enormous pressure from 38 Degrees members over the past few months, the approval is for a much smaller area than originally planned. By allowing the use of bee-killing pesticides, the government is going against it’s own experts and almost half a million 38 Degrees members.

    Today’s been a big, surprising setback in our campaign to protect our bees. But we don’t have to stop here. We could talk to experts about whether we can appeal this decision. Or perhaps we should find out where the bee-killing pesticides are going to be used and launch local campaigns against them?

    We make the best decisions when we work together. Can you help decide what we do now?

    The process around this decision was a total mess. The government gagged their own experts from speaking publicly - after they initially said no to letting bee-killing pesticides back on UK fields. And then ministers made the final decision behind closed doors on the last day before MPs go on holiday for six weeks.

    The petition to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides has an incredible 473,000 signatures. And thousands of 38 Degrees members sent tweets, called and emailed the Defra ministers asking them to stand up for our bees.

    Our pressure made a difference, the first application to use the toxic pesticides was rejected outright. Sadly the second one was approved, but for a much smaller area. So what should we do now?

    Should we embarrass the government for making this dodgy decision by taking out adverts in newspapers? Or perhaps we should move on to other campaigns?

    Please help us decide what to do next by taking this short survey:

    Thanks for everything you do,

    Nat, Robin, Maddy, the whole 38 Degrees team and the bees

    Farmers Guardian: NFU granted Autumn Emergency Use Neonicotinoid Derogation:
    Farmers Weekly: Neonicotinoid emergency use approved for 5% of OSR area:
    The Guardian: UK government gags advisers in bees and pesticides row:
    Parliament UK: House of Commons recess dates:
    38 Degrees Blog: Breaking news - Bees:
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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,149

    Money talks. The big agrochemical companies have lobbyists to lean on politicians.

  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    Ceres - I agree.  The extent of corporate-gov affiliation currently is overwhelming and depressing particularly when short-term financial benefit overrides long-term issues, often with consequences which will preclude dire situations being recoverable in the future.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,878

    Is it coincidence that today I received an email from my MP in reply to the one I sent him 5 weeks ago?

    Thank you very much for your e-mail regarding bees and neonicotinoids and I apologise for the delay in responding to you.

    I entirely agree with you that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment. I welcome the work the Government has done over the last few years to understand and protect them, most recently through the National Pollinator Strategy.
    Decisions on the approval of substances that can act as pesticides are made at the European level. Since December 2013, three of the five currently approved neonicotinoids are not permitted for use on a wide range of crops considered "attractive to bees". A number of other uses remain permitted. These restrictions are not time-limited, and will remain in place until and unless the European Commission decides to change them.
    The Commission has begun a review of the science relating to neonicotinoids and bees. This will include looking at the effects on bees caused by seed treatments and uses of the restricted neonicotinoids in the form of granules on any crop. The Government will contribute fully to this review, and will base its view on future regulation of neonicotinoids on all the available scientific evidence.
    I am aware that the Government has relaxed the ban on neonicotinoids and two neonicotinoid pesticides (the two that are permitted) can now be used for 120 days on about 5% of England's oilseed rape crop.

    I will certainly be writing to the Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, to make representations about this as I am very aware of the public concern that neonicotinoids have generally on the bee population.


  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    When all is said and done, the fate of a few bees means nothing to those running the country. After all, the world's problems are all caused by any species other than ourselves. No fish in the sea? Its the seals eating them all. No blue tits? Blame the sparrowhawk.

    And now Mr Cameron wants something done to address the evils of seagulls. Of course, Herring gulls are intent on global domination because one happened to pinch somebody's pasty. You couldn't make it up.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,201

    Fishy- would that be David Cameron - the champion bandwagon jumper ... by any chance? image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    It would indeed FG image

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,145

    I have to agree about the Seagulls , my daughter who live by the seaside, was frightened to go out one day last week because someone had hit a seagull with their car and hundreds collected outside her house, she couldn't risk taking her charges outside.

    A Few years ago, I think they fed them with something to stop them breeding, it must be done again, these are very vicious birds and if left, wilol multiply to enormous amounts.

    It's not just pasties, they have ripped a dog to bits, they would do the same to a child. daughter is very aware of them when they go out.


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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