Government rejects bee-harming pesticide application

Bees can breathe a sigh of relief this week.

The government has rejected an application to use bee-harming neonicotinoids (neonics) by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

We couldn’t have done this without you.

Thousands of you emailed your MPs to keep bee-harming pesticides out of our fields – thank you. 

The NFU failed to convince ministers because they didn’t have enough evidence to show that farmers need banned neonics.

They need to face the facts – there’s now a long list of scientific evidence showing the threat bees face from neonics.

The government has rejected bee-harming pesticide application
Thousands of you took action to protect our bees

Do your bit for bees

The UK has lost 20 species of bee since the 1900's, and a further 35 are considered under threat.

It’s great that we’re one step closer to saving bees by stopping neonics coming back to our fields, for now. But there’s still more to do. 

We need to better understand how these precious pollinators are doing across the country to help reverse bee decline. 

You can help by joining the Great British Bee Count this summer.

Downloading our free app allows you to learn more about bees in your area while also contributing to vital ongoing research. 

Sign up to the Great British Bee Count

Happy bees at Parliament