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Update on BBCT position on pesticides and the use of neonicotinoids

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust is calling for the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides to be extended indefinitely. Since the ban began on 1st December 2013, a large body of evidence has accumulated which suggests neonicotinoid pesticides are having a detrimental impact on a wide range of non-target organisms, including bumblebees. This evidence includes comprehensive findings from field, semi-field and laboratory studies, and whilst each particular experiment, looked at singularly, can be debated with regards to its merits and flaws, it is clear when looking at the evidence base as a whole, that neonicotinoids pose an additional threat to our wildlife.

Pesticide exposure is not the only threat to our wildlife. Bumblebee populations are threatened by multiple, interacting factors, including pesticide exposure, but also habitat loss, the importation of parasites and diseases, and the potential effects of climate change. Neonicotinoid exposure interacts with these other threats and exacerbates them, bees poisoned by neonicotinoids are less able to combat disease and forage for food, and therefore less likely to produce a successful colony. Of all the interacting drivers of bee declines, pesticide exposure is potentially one of the easiest for us to reverse.


Sub T reintroduction project.

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is delighted to announce that as from the 1st April 2015 it will be the lead partner for the Sub T reintroduction project. The Project Manager, Dr Nikki Gammans will join the BBCT Conservation Team as a full time employee of BBCT from this date.

By leading the partnership with Natural England, RSPB and Hymettus, BBCT will be able to provide the project with greater long term sustainability, Nikki will have the additional assistance and encouragement from the staff at BBCT, resources to help support and develop Sub T volunteers and support for developing the future of the project.

The project will retain its own distinct branding and website with a stronger link through the BBCT website. Donations to the Sub T project can now be made through the BBCT ‘just giving donation page’ here: please make reference to ‘Sub T’ when donating - Thank you.
For more information about the project please visit