Just received the following from Friends of the Earth. I urge you to give feedback to DEFRA on the draft strategy – follow the second link. Last time they held such a survey, they only got about 100 responses from individuals, so your input really does count.
Today, 6 March 2014, the Government published its draft National Pollinator Strategy (NPS) for public consultation. Friends of the Earth conclude that the NPS requires strengthening in a number of areas:
• Intensive farming. This has a huge impact on the decline in the population of bees and other pollinators, but Government proposals for confronting this are generally weak, vague and reliant on entirely voluntary actions;
• There is little determination to tackle rising pesticide use – despite increasing evidence about the potentially devastating impact on our bees;
• There is far too little onus on developers to safeguard pollinators – better action is needed to improve land use so bee habitats increase with development, not the reverse;
• Funding for the strategy is unclear or inadequate. The Government cannot just rely on people’s goodwill to act. It should take action by putting its money where its mouth is.
National pollinator strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England – NPS and supporting documents can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-pollinator-strategy-for-bees-and-other-pollinators-in-england
The consultation is open until the 2 May 2014. We encourage you/your group to respond.