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Our reaction to the EU ban on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides

Please find below our CEO’s reaction to the announcement yesterday, Monday 29th April 2013, that the EU will go ahead with a two-year ban on the use of three neonicotinoids on crops attractive bees.

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Position statement on neonicotinoid pesticides

Position statement, April 2013

On Friday 5 April 2013, the House of Common’s Environmental Audit Committee released its report “Pollinators and Pesticides”. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) has advocated for the application of the precautionary principle and now feels with the body of evidence available that the three criteria needed for its application have been met. The BBCT thereby calls for a temporary moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on crops of insect-pollinated plants and for domestic use (e.g. in gardens). However, the BBCT urges very strongly that further testing in the field is needed and that the agrochemical companies should make public the results of their risk assessment trials to inform further research.  In calling for a precautionary moratorium, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust continues to urge governments in the UK and those in Europe to:

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Call to action:  EU-wide actions on CAP reform

Your countryside is in crisis!

Urge  your politicians in Brussels to vote for  farming that supports nature.

This is an urgent call for your support for a series of actions being rolled out by NGOs across Europe to try to influence MEPs ahead of the ‘crunch’ plenary session of the European Parliament on 13 March. Whilst the outcomes of the recent Agriculture Committee and EU budget negotiations were not good from an environmental perspective, there is still much to fight for. The European Environment Bureau (EEB), Birdlife International and WWF have joined forces to develop a series of ‘actions’ to target MEPs across Europe ahead of the plenary session.

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‘UK Government failing in ambition to be the greenest ever’, says report

The Coalition Government is failing on its own commitments to Britain’s natural environment: that’s the public’s view from a survey organised by Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link), a coalition of 39 leading environmental charities.

Of those surveyed, less than a quarter (23%) think the Government is doing enough to protect our landscapes and wildlife – on land and at sea.

The poll also finds that 84% of people think that the natural environment boosts their quality of life, with 81% wanting to see the natural environment and its wildlife protected at all costs. Only 17 per cent of people agreed that this is the ‘greenest government ever.’

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New partnership with Mineral Products Association to help bumblebees

The MPA and Bumblebee Conservation Trust have established an exciting new partnership to help conserve bees and help them thrive.  A new Memorandum of Understanding between the organisations will be the basis of partnership working that will include facilitating access to quarry sites for monitoring, advising and educating quarry staff on measures that help bees including creation of suitable habitat, and training quarry staff to recognise and survey their sites for bees.

Nigel Jackson, Chief Executive MPA, said:  “MPA members have a long legacy of high quality restoration and are uniquely placed to protect and enhance biodiversity and help arrest the decline of rare and threatened species and habitats. This partnership will enable the industry to help do what we can for bees which are under threat and play a crucial part in maintaining ecosystem services.” more...