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.
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.