Buglife talks to Countryfile about toxic insecticides
On the 21st April, Buglife will be featured on Countryfile, the BBC1 one programme looking at rural affairs in Britain. Countryfile will be investigating the issues surrounding neonicotinoid pesticides, a group of chemicals found to have harmful effects on wildlife.
Plymouth school children help to get the City Buzzing
Pupils from St Peter’s Primary School in Stonehouse have helped Buglife to plant a meadow of wildflowers in Plymouth. The meadow will boost the City’s populations of bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects.
Connecting hay meadows in Yorkshire for bees and butterflies
Buglife is today celebrating the news that it has received a funding boost from SITA Trust to restore and create wildflower-rich grasslands in Richmond which will help to create important links to the internationally important hay meadows of upper Swaledale.
Join the Scottish Oil beetle hunt
Join the Scottish oil beetle hunt in 2013!
Black oil beetles, Violet oil beetles and very rare Short-necked oil beetles can all be found in Scotland from March through to early July. Find out how to identify them with the new Scottish oil beetle ID guide.
European Commission proposes partial ban on bee poisoning Neonicotinoid insecticides
Today, the European Commission proposed a substantial ban on three neonicotinoids - clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. They intend to ban use on crops that are ‘attractive to bees’, such as oilseed rape and maize. This follows a recent report by the European Food Safety Authority that confirmed that these toxins are a high risk to bees.
MSPs champion bugs under threat
Today MSPs are being asked by Scottish Environment LINK to select a threatened species to champion. The species list includes a number of invertebrate species chosen by Buglife.
Buglife starts work on a new website
Buglife today announce a new partnership with Green Banana Marketing to build the charity's new website aimed to be a ‘one-stop shop' for bug related news and conservation.
UKs first bug poetry competition
Yesterday Buglife held an event at the B.U.G.S exhibit at ZSL London Zoo with a poetry reading from Buglife’s first poet in residence Carlos Reyes-Manzo.
European Union fails to protect pollinators over toxic insecticides
The Standing Committee on Food Chain and Animal Health made up of representatives from Member States within the European Union met yesterday to discuss a substantial ban on neonicotinoid insecticides. Earlier today, Member States voted on the proposed ban but there was no consensus, and the ban has not been approved.
Pesticide Companies proposed action plan on bee health ‘misses key points’
Earlier today Syngenta and Bayer Cropscience have published a proposed action plan to address the issues surrounding bee health in Europe. This action plan has been suggested as an alternative to the neonicotinoid insecticide ban, which failed to go through earlier this month and is currently going through the European Commissions appeal process.
European Commission places a temporary suspension on dangerous insecticides
Today Member States agreed on a new piece of legislation restricting the use of dangerous pesticides called neonicotinoids (neonics). The ban will start to come into effect later this year, and will restrict the use of the three most common neonics, imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam on crops which are ‘attractive to bees’ and on cereals planted in the summer which cause dust clouds of toxic chemicals to be released.
March of the beekeepers against neonicotinoid insecticides
This Friday the 26th April, Buglife and other organisations are organising a demonstration in Westminster, London to pile pressure on Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, ahead of a vital EU vote banning neonicotinoid pesticides on Monday 29th April.