Category Archives: Pesticides

Another unintended pesticide impact

The Guardian newspaper has recently reported that a common neonicotinoid has a dramatic effect on songbirds at very low doses. This emphasises how our use of agricultural chemicals can have unintended consequences, and the importance of the Precautionary Principle. Birds … Continue reading

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More bad news for insects

New German research has found that insect numbers have plunged by 75% over 25 years, in nature reserves. It’s assumed the decline outside the reserves is greater. The Guardian reports on the issue here. Germany is generally considered significantly better … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids implicated again

A major new study of the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides has been published in Science. The Guardian has a good summary of the results here. Because this is the largest field trial so far, it is difficult for the pesticide … Continue reading

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BeeConnected – crop spraying alerts for UK beekeepers

In the UK, September heralds the start of a new crop spraying season and while the moratorium on neonicotinoids is still in place, other insecticides are still in use. The code for best agricultural practice calls for farmers to notify … Continue reading

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Pesticide-related confusion in pollinators and politicians — by Stirling Conservation Science

By Penelope Whitehorn of Stirling Conservation Science – “I arrived confused about this topic and I will leave as confused as ever.” This was the parting comment from the only MP in the room and not the outcome we were … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids – debate on 27th April

UPDATE: this event will be livestreamed via Periscope On 27th April at 1p.m. in Westminster the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Friends of the Earth (FoE) will be debating “Neonicotinoids: Friend or Foe” in front of MPs and the … Continue reading

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Trends in beekeeping #1

This is a wide-ranging article, the start of an occasional series, intended to touch on recent developments in beekeeping that have caught my attention and that I thought others may not have had the time to follow – discussion welcomed! … Continue reading

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