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The National Bug Vote

Today Buglife have launched a national bug vote for the four home nations to choose a bug to grace the front of new Buglife membership leaflets. In each nation Buglife have produced a shortlist of four very different invertebrates from which to choose some rare and some less so. Voting will be open for 2 weeks closing at noon on 4 June. England the choice is between: the Green shieldbug, Long-horned bee, Seven-spot ladybird and the Wart-biter bush-cricket

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A wildflower boost for pollinators in Cornwall

Wildlife charity Buglife are launching a new initiative to help Cornwall’s bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.  Urban Buzz will be working with local communities to create wildflower-filled buzzing hotspots for people and pollinators - across St Austell, Truro, Falmouth and Wadebridge.  

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Could our obsession with mobile technology destroy wildlife

A scientific review of the impacts of electromagnetic radiation launched today reveals our limited understanding about how changes we are making to the environment may be damaging wildlife.  Pollution levels have been rapidly rising, and plans for saturating coverage of wi-fi and 5G will push levels higher still.  Despite concerning evidence that such radiation could harm plants, insects, birds and other species, there is very little work underway to understand the impacts or to apply even basic pollution limits.  

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Court confirms neonicotinoid ban was legal

Today the EU Court of Justice confirmed that the 2013 European Commission decision to protect bees by introducing a ban on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides on flowering crops, was proper and legal.  Bayer and Syngenta had challenged the decisions, throwing everything at the cases and claiming that: the EC exceeded its remit; the economic cost to the pesticide industry should have been a key factor in the decision; the bee pesticide risk assessment document should not have been used (because all member states had not endorsed it); the science showed neonicotinoids were safe to bee

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Another step closer to saving our wild pollinators

Andrena bicolor (c) S Falk

Parliament considers new wildflower corridors to save bees Our beleaguered wild pollinators move a step closer to recovery today as a new ‘Protection of Pollinators Bill’ is presented to the House of Commons.  Ben Bradley MP will introduce a new Bill aimed at delivering a national network of pollinator corridors containing fields of wildflower-rich habitats. The new laws would place a duty on the Department of the Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) to approve an English B-Line map plan and would encourage public authorities to help with its fulfilment.

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EU Member States Approve Enhanced Insecticide Ban

(c) Stephanie Terrier

Today EU Member States endorsed the Commission's proposal to completely ban the outdoor agricultural uses of the three neonicotinoids.   

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