Buglife talks to Countryfile about toxic insecticides

Wednesday 17th July 2013

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.

Neonicotinoid insecticides are frequently used as a seed treatment for many crops. The chemicals remain in the plants, travelling into the nectar and pollen where they are consumed by bees and other wild pollinators such as butterflies and hoverflies.

Vanessa Amaral-Rogers, Buglife’s Pesticides Officer said “It was a great opportunity to be invited to speak to Countryfile about neonicotinoids. This is such an important issue and the Government refuses to put a ban in place, even with the overwhelming scientific evidence”.