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BBKA Press Officer: Diane Roberts  07841 625797

Statement

Call to Action - national pollinator strategy

This morning (Friday 18 July) Lord de Mauley (Defra Minister) announced the Call to Action for the national pollinator strategy on the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme.

This call to action prepares the ground for the more detailed announcement to be made in the autumn on the practical aspects of the implementation of the strategy.

There is a website www.beesneeds.org.uk which will be developed further. The site lists the partner organisations which are actively participating in the development and implementation of the strategy.

The BBKA is a key stakeholder in the work of the Pollinator Advisory Steering Group which will be part of the governance of the way in which the strategy will be implemented.

The theme of the pollinator strategy is Bees’ Needs: food and home and is intended to cover all pollinator insects, not just bees.

The BBKA and its member associations have long advocated the need to be aware of the way habitat change can determine the success or otherwise of pollinator species and fully supports the following simple elements of the strategy.

  1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
  2. Let it grow wild
  3. Cut grass less often
  4. Don’t disturb insect nests and hibernation spots
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

More information on what is being discussed can be found on the website www.beesneeds.org.uk .

Our Forage and the Landscape Special Interest Day and the work being done by the BBKA and its member associations in promoting land management changes which will benefit honey bees and all pollinators demonstrates beekeeper’s commitments and we look forward to playing our role in the implementation of the pollinator strategy as it evolves.

Please note the full details of the National Pollinator Strategy will be issued in the autumn.

Dr David Aston, BBKA President

Statement

INFORMATION FOR BBKA MEMBERS

Withdrawal by Syngenta of the application for the emergency use of a neonicotinoid for seed treatment

The BBKA understands that Syngenta has withdrawn its application for a derogation to allow the emergency use this autumn of their product Cruiser in a neonicotinoid seed treatment for oil seed rape.

The BBKA remains concerned as to the alternative treatments farmers will have to use to control pests such as flea beetle on oil seed rape in view of the continuing moratorium in place on the use of neonicotinoids.

It continues to seek reassurances that the protection of honey bees is a key consideration in all uses of crop protection products.

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