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Update on our position on neonicotinoid pesticides

Following the announcement that two agrochemical companies are to take legal action against the EU regarding the temporary ban on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust wishes to re-state its position on these pesticides and the ban.

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Bees under threat from disease-carrying bumblebee imports

BBCT is increasingly concerned about the issue of imported bumblebees, and part funded the study by PhD student Peter Graystock, the results of which have been released today. (See press release below) BBCT has chosen to make disease in imported bumblebees a key policy area and we are working with leading scientists to evolve our position.

BBCT's position on this issue can be found here.

The final scientific paper can be found here.

BRITISH ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE

Stricter controls over bumblebee imports to the UK are urgently required to prevent diseases spreading to native bumblebees and honeybees, scientists have warned. The call follows the discovery of parasites in over three-quarters of imported bumblebee colonies they tested. The study - the first of its kind in the UK - is published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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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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