Government holds bee summit

Defra has held an industry stakeholders bees forum on 23 January ahead of launching a national pollinator strategy consultation later this month.

The Government launched a "starting point" document - Bees and other pollinators: their health and value - last year but has since seen neonicotinoids removed from use, against its wishes.

NFU horticulture advisor Dr Chris Hartfield said the NFU believed that a range of factors were responsible for the decline in honeybees and wild bees, not just pesticides. Hartfield said a range of views must be taken into account and not just those of NGOs, who he said had taken much interest in the issue since the neonicotinoid removal was mooted.

The Campaign for the Farmed Environment, which is supported by the NFU, promotes a range of voluntary measures through which growers can offer food and shelter for pollinating insects.

The Farming for Bees guidance gives advice to farmers on how to help pollinators, provide habitats and food for wild insect pollinators, provide sites for honeybees, and how to take care when using insecticides.


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