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Bee’s eye view of 2017 election manifestos

Just two years ago we had a UK general election and Buglife produced a summary  of the manifesto commitments that would affect bees and other little animals that make the planet function.  Here we look at the 2017 election manifestos and give you a digest of their wildlife content.

 

A 2014 survey showed that bee decline was the number one environmental concern

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Wild Bee Declines and Neonics Case Closed – What next?

A new scientific paper produced by scientists at CEH (UK Government research institute/consultancy) has analysed English bee distribution data from BWARS and pesticide data gathered by Fera.  The results are shocking, the impacts of neonicotinoid seed treatments on oilseed rape on wild bees were worse than we suspected.  Now that the debate is over we must address the casues of this environmental calamity and make sure that it can never happen again.

 

Key fi

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Wildlife and the EU – it’s about responsibility, not power

Our environment is precious, fragile and in peril, only by taking more responsibility for our negative impacts on wildlife and investing time, money and resolution into creating and maintaining space for wildlife to thrive can we humans hope to have a healthy and wealthy future.  The Brexit debate must include consideration of which institutions have shown that they can be trusted with the important responsibility of environmental care; because power wielded without responsibly is harmful, not helpful.

 

And what greater indication of responsibility and compassion

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Democracy, Evidence, Neonics, Oilseed Rape and Bees

It’s been a busy week for those of us working on the problem of pollinator declines and neonicotinoid pesticides.  A week that has highlighted both the level of public concern about declining pollinator populations and the problems of having a political establishment that is slow to act, perhaps due to a lack of confidence on scientifically complex issues, and sometimes because they are swayed more by rhetoric than evidence.

Huge Turnout at Parliamentary Debate

Forty-two MPs spoke at Monday’s Parliamentary debate – confirming the huge

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Wildlife Bill- Initial Buglife Response

Buglife welcomes the new Wildlife Bill, it represents an important step forward in the presentation of a modern and consistent legal framework to protect our precious wildlife. 

Broadly the Law Commission have done a diligent and through job of consolidating 120 years of legislation prescribing the legal parameters of our treatment of the species that constitute the living natural environment of England and Wales.

They have produced a 470 page report with 287 recommendations and a draft 168 page Wildlife Bill that would replace most or all of 11 Acts

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Will Liz Truss help lifting bees out of the toxic mire?

The harm to bees, birds and aquatic life from neonicotinoids has still not been resolved, and despite the mounting evidence the industry maintains these agrotoxins are both innocent and effective.  However, it often takes a crisis of this magnitude to highlight broken systems to politicians.  It is clear that the way the pesticide market currently functions puts wildlife at risk.  There are solutions to this but will the UK Government be part of the solution or part of the problem?

Liz Truss MPRead

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