Network calls for ban on imports of bee colonies

A new report by a network of environmental NGOs has called for a ban on importing of bumblebee colonies for commercial use and demanded an action plan to reduce importing of honeybees, citing disease concerns.

Image: Morguefile
Image: Morguefile

The Bee Coalition's Policies for Pollinators report published last week also called for the Government to create a National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme to measure pollinator abundance.

"Existing data tells us nothing about trends in pollination services; information which is key to making better predictions for crop production and management of a healthy ecosystem," it said.

It also proposed that more pollinator species including bees be added to Schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act, which lists species that may not be taken, harmed or killed, and urged greater protection within the planning system of brownfield sites of high environmental value.

It also urged a full ban of three currently restricted neonicotinoid pesticides to be extended to other crops.


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