or lack of habitat - 01/6/2013
I’ve spoken to supports the EU ban on neonicotinoids and it
has to be hoped that the two year period is long enough for the
scientists to seriously study the effects of the chemical. If we
have two years bad weather we may be none the wiser but the agro-chemical
industry will claim it as proof that neonicotinoids are safe.
also bees need wild flowers to flourish and since the last war 98%
(which is about two million acres) of Britain’s wildflower
meadowland has disappeared. Wild flowers feed bees because they
still fulfil their ecological function which is to attract bees,
feed them nectar and use them as pollinators. Garden flowers have
been so heavily and selectively bred that they are no longer of
any use to native bee species.
of our native bee species (which are our fruit pollinators –
along with hover flies) have suffered steep declines in population
and two have recently become extinct. But we can all do our bit
for bee wellbeing and Friends of the Earth are offering a helping
hand. FoE has nominated the Year of the Bee and are giving out wildflower
of the Earth website
has access to a small patch of ground somewhere but orchard owners
have a special part to play. Do all the orchard areas have to be
grazed? You could turn them in wild meadow areas and cut just once
before cropping cider apples late in the year.