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South Devon farmers offered advice on Greening and how to help bees

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South Devon is one of the best areas in the country to find some of our most threatened bees. To help protect these important species, local farming and nature conservation organisations are working together to offer advice and support to farmers who would like to help bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

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Pesticide report was Defra’s dodgy dossier

A reappraisal of a Government scientific study has raised serious concerns about the scientific integrity of the pro-neonicotinoid UK Government – were civil servants distorting science so that it supported the policy position of Owen Paterson, the then Secretary of State for the Environment?

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Wildflower meadows project helps conserve our bees and butterflies

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Over the last two year’s Buglife’s ‘Restoring Ryedale’s Lowland Meadows’, has helped to restore and create approximately 60 acres of wildflower-rich meadows and pastures across the Ryedale landscape.  This work is part of Buglife’s national plan of action called B-Lines, which aims to create and restore wildflower meadows to provide food for pollinating insects such as bumbl

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Environmental Audit Committee Slams Neonicotinoids

Buglife is delighted by the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC)  report to the National Pollinator Strategy. The committee are unequivocal in their desire for the precautionary principle to be the overriding issue when it comes to permitting the use of neonicotinoids.

The report is strong and hard hitting giving clear direction to the national strategy and making the point that it should be a national strategy not just a departmental one.

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The Drugs (Neonicotinoids) Don’t Work 3

The controversy over the cost effectiveness of neonicotinoid pesticides continues to grow.  In response to a request from Members of Parliament to provide peer reviewed evidence that neonicotinoids are cost effective Bayer is only able to provide one paper.  Their flimsy and selective evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee raises more questions than it provides answers and further underlines how broken the pesticides approval process has become.

 

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UK Parliament Celebrates Bees and Pollinators

Last Wednesday (30 April 2014) Buglife and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity hosted a “Pollinator Strategy Reception and Bee Walk” in the House of Commons – focussed on the Government’s draft National Pollinator Strategy.

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