Monthly Archives: April 2018

EU Bans Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Report in The Guardian newspaper … “The European Union will ban the world’s most widely used insecticides from all fields due to the serious danger they pose to bees.

The ban on neonicotinoids, approved by member nations on Friday, is expected to come into force by the end of 2018 and will mean they can only be used in closed greenhouses.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/27/eu-agrees-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides

Friends of the Earth Report

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bees/beeharming-pesticides-banned

 

Citizen science – Pollinator Monitoring Scheme

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

https://www.ceh.ac.uk/our-science/projects/pollinator-monitoring

Project overview:

The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP) aims to combine improved analyses of long-term records with new systematic survey activity to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing across Great Britain.

We are working with existing recording schemes to improve our understanding of population trend estimates from opportunistic (unstructured) records, and increase their capacity for data flow and record verification.

Two new surveys will be implemented to form a Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS):

1. FIT Count: A simple systematic survey to engage a wider range of volunteers, collecting data on abundance and flower visitation of pollinators to target flower species from a specified list.

2. 1km square surveys: A systematic survey of pollinators and floral resources with a core set of 75 monitoring sites (randomly allocated 1km squares), stratified on cropped and non-cropped land across England, Wales and Scotland. The site network and baseline surveys have been set up by CEH surveyors, and there are now opportunities for volunteer involvement to ‘adopt’ the squares and help carry out the surveys – if you’d like to know more about this please contact poms@ceh.ac.uk