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Breaking news: Oilseed rape flourishes without bee-killing chemicals

The first harvest results of winter oilseed rape planted without neonicotinoid seed treatments have come in, and farmers are experiencing a better than usual crop – yields are higher than the 10 year average. ADAS, the UK’s largest independent agricultural consultancy today confirmed that with 15% of the oilseed rape harvested, yields are between 3.5 and 3.7 tonnes/ha, higher than the normal farm average of 3.4.

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Glow-worm beer supports insect charity

From the Notebook and Buglife Glow-worm beer

From the Notebook and Buglife have got together to produce a great tasting beer. Glow-worm light ale is vegan and 100% organic, brewed by the Stroud Brewery in Gloucestershire with Soil Association accreditation and no real glow worms. The glow is added by the addition of a dash of chilli-pepper for a unique non-spicy afterglow to create a truly refreshing beer.

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Pesticide approval strikes blow for bees

Dead bumblebee (c) Mike Linksvayer

Buglife are outraged at the news that the Government will be allowing the planting of oilseed rape seeds, treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid insecticides this autumn. These toxic chemicals not only kill our essential pollinators such as bumblebees and honeybees, but also useful insects, such as ladybirds, which help keep crop pest numbers down.

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Archbishop blesses rare Yorkshire beetles

Tansy beetle (Chrysolina graminis) (c) Steven Falk

The rare Tansy beetle has received another boost to its conservation in the form of a blessing from the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

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Wildlife Charity’s concerns of Osbornes automatic planning permission

Buglife are seriously concerned over George Osborne’s latest announcement of plans to grant automatic planning permission on brownfield land.

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Making a B-Line in the West of England for National Pollinator Week

At the start of National Pollinator Week Buglife and Avon Wildlife Trust are pleased to announce the successful restoration of the first 100 acres of wildflower-rich grassland via the West of England B-Lines project.  By connecting our best wildlife sites, the project is helping to boost populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

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