Save the Bees From Brexit

Save the Bees From Brexit

Continue the ban on the use of Neonicotinoids

The EU placed a ban on the use of Neonicotinoids due to the adverse effect it has on bees and other pollinators.
As the UK has left the EU, the Government should uphold these restrictions in order to protect natural pollinators. Decision to temporarily lift restrictions of neonicotinoid insecticide on sugar beet crops prompts outcry from public and conservation groups.
Watch this TV news package on how Brexit will impact on Britain’s Bee populations.

Following lobbying from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar, a product containing the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam was sanctioned for emergency use on sugar beet seeds this year because of the threat posed by a virus.
Matt Shardlow, the chief executive of the invertebrate conservation group Buglife, said it was an “environmentally regressive” decision that would destroy wildflowers and add to an “onslaught” on insects.
Michael Gove wrote in the Guardian: “Unless the evidence base changes … [we will] keep these restrictions in place after we leave the EU.”

I am an ordinary UK resident who is concerned about the state of our declining wildlife. We have the responsibility to protect it and ensure that we can support it and prevent species becoming obsolete. With regards to bees and other pollinators that are affected by these pesticides, their decline will have a knock on effect with fruit and flower growers as well as honey producers many of whom are small businesses who will lose their livelihoods.
Carol Birdger
Creator of Petition

Bees are essential in the life-cycle of plants due to pollination. This vital process allows plants to reproduce, and many plants depend on pollinators to survive. The two best known bees in the UK are the HONEY bee and the BUMBLE bee.

After signing the petition to save our British bees, you can still do more! You can help by assisting struggling bees when you find them or by adapting your garden to attract more bees. Read the handy guide below. 

Save a struggling bee

Remember to ALWAYS handle insects with extreme care to avoid damaging their delicate bodies and wings. 

1. Place the bee somewhere warm

Bees cannot fly if their thorax temperature is below thirty degrees so place them somewhere safe in your home, greenhouse, garage or shed. 

2. Feed the bee sugar-water
Bees can tire out easily. NEVER feed a bee honey as it can catch viruses from neighbouring hives. Mix water and sugar, drop small amounts on a piece of kitchen roll or into a clean milk bottle cap. If you’re lucky, you’ll see it lick the sugar water out with a long red tongue.

3. Wait
Bees normally recover a few minutes to a few hours after eating a sugar solution. If it isn’t raining, put the bee outside somewhere safe (e.g. in a plant pot) where it can recover before flying away. 

Attract bees to your garden

1. Do not use pesticides
Studies have found that pesticides can be harmful to insects and other wildlife, so switch to wildlife-friendly methods, e.g. using mulch around plants or regular weeding.

2. Provide shelter
Many insects love a shady, sheltered spot. Have an area in your garden to grow wilder with stacked logs, rockeries or you could treat the bees to a bespoke bee house.

3. Provide water
Bees drink water droplets off grass or flowers and use it in their hives. Deep water will drown the bee so spray water over plants in dry seasons, the odd pool of water allows a chance of a drink.

4. Plant for bees
Pollinators love plants such as dahlias, buddleia, lavender, clematis, foxglove, hosta and wildflowers.

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