Decline in Insects and Other Wildlife

Decline In Wildlife

Today (Sat 23rd March 2013) I received a communication from the Social Association on the decline in wildlife, with specific emphasis on the decline in bees.   I had let my membership lapse and they asked me to renew it and then said that I was “probably aware of the Keep Britain Buzzing campaign, launched in response to the startling decline in the number of bees and other pollinating insects in recent years.”   But these are not the only ones there is a decline in wildlife generally.

They added that  the “reasons for the decline in the bee population are complex, but evidence strongly points to an important factor.

Scientists have revealed that very low doses of neonicotinoids, widely used in agriculture and domestic gardens, can disrupt bee behaviour in catastrophic ways.

Researchers at Stirling University, for instance, have demonstrated that queen production by bumblebee colonies which had been exposed to them fell by a massive 85%. The Queen is vital to the colony; no wonder they have been disappearing at such an alarming rate.

Thanks to your past support and that of tens of thousands of people like you, there have been two recent events that have given real hope to the campaign to save the bees.”

Decline in Wildlife: What is being done

In another communication they sent me the looked at the other chemicals that governments had said where safe and will not cause a decline in wildlife and that had proved not to be true and are now banned.   And others the use of which are restricted but are still being used and others which are widely used and are not even being restricted.   The ones that are banned are those that were introduced in the 1960 and 70’s.  Those in the 1980’s are being restricted.

The thinking behind the introduction of these chemicals was that it is progress and they are needed with those who said we do not being labelled old fashioned and wanting to hold up progress.    One of the drawbacks to going down this path is the same as that of using antibiotics too freely is that those germs, insects, etc which have immunity increase as those who do not are wiped out.

The Social Association letter continues:

Hope for the bees?

First, at the end of January, the EU announced the proposed suspension of three neonicotinoid pesticides, widely considered to be one of the main causes for the near catastrophic decline of bees and other pollinators. Then, in the same week, Homebase, B&Q and Wickes announced that they have decided to remove two popular bug killers containing neonicotinoids from their shelves.

This follows sustained lobbying and campaigning by the Soil Association and other organisations over a number of years – testimony to the power of public campaigns and how your support really can make a difference!

Decline In Wildlife: What is Happening Now

They then gave us the bad news under the title:

But then – a terrible day

But the battle is far from won: just as we thought we were making real progress, in a crucial vote that took place last Friday (the 1 5th March), the ELI failed to ratify the proposed suspension, with the UK and some other ELI governments choosing to ignore the large body of scientific evidence highlighting the damaging impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees and other pollinating insects.

This real setback just makes us more determined: we know agriculture can do without these damaging pesticides; the practical experience of 7,300 organic farmers farming 71 8,000 hectares of land are living proof that there is another way.

We will not rest until controls on all chemical pesticides take account of the potential impact of repeated, low doses of toxic chemicals on people and wildlife.

Please will you support our campaign to ban harmful, synthetic pesticides and promote organic farming as an alternative?

Please support our campaign with a donation of whatever you can afford today. Or, better still, join the Soil Association with a monthly donation by direct debit. The reliable income your regular support provides will help us plan our campaign to save the bee with real confidence.

Here we have looked at the Decline In Wildlife, you might like to read what is happening with our Sea based Wildlife


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