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The Decline of Bees

Interesting article in Telegraph suggesting the decline of the bee population is down to gardeners.  Right, I'll beat myself with a stick right now.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/05/31/gardeners-fueling-bee-decline-by-using-weedkillers-and-pesticide/

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  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,288

    Only those gardeners who choose to use them.

    Some of us plead not guiltyimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,848

    I never touch pesticides, never have. and haven't used herbicides for years.

    all goes along very well here without themimage

  • ecokidecokid Posts: 138

    I think there's more than one reason to be honest. Agriculture plays a massive role, but so does the paving over of gardens and loss of habitat as well as small use pesticide amongst gardeners. I don't like a fussy garden and prefer  the natural chaos of a cottage/wildlife garden and I also never use pesticides. Although, slugs and snails are proving to be a massive problem this year (stripped my honesty - leaves, flowers and pods and all!), but  I still haven't succumbed to slug pellets. 

    I had lots of bees last year, but less this year. I think the really wet spring hasn't helped (except for the slug problem!)

    Last edited: 01 June 2016 11:12:11

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