‘Urgent and comprehensive’ review into the decline of bees welcomed by the National Trust

The National Trust strongly welcomes today’s announcement by the Government to carry out an “urgent and comprehensive” review into the decline of bees. This review needs to consider both the honeybee and all our native bees – such as bumblebees, mining bees and mason bees.

Honey bee foraging at Belton.  Pic credit Simon Croson

Matthew Oates, a national specialist on wildlife for the National Trust said:
“We wholeheartedly welcome the decision for a review leading to the production of a national pollinator strategy. This is needed urgently if we are to turn around worrying declines in bees and other pollinators. They play a critical role in the health of the environment and in the production of our food.

“We believe the review and strategy should be grounded in the ‘precautionary principle’ in areas where scientific evidence is currently lacking or inconclusive. The review certainly needs to include Neonicotinoids, which have recently featured highly in the news, but it also must look at other pesticides and herbicides as there may be a cocktail factors impacting on bees and other insect pollinators.

“Although the review needs to concentrate on agriculture it must go wider. It may be possible to find some simple and rapid win-wins, for example rationalising summer road verge trimming which would benefit pollinators.”

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