Pesticides damage survival of bee colonies, landmark study shows

The world’s largest ever field trial demonstrates widely used insecticides harm both honeybees and wild bees, increasing calls for a ban.

Widely used insecticides damage the survival of honeybee colonies, the world’s largest ever field trial has shown for the first time, as well as harming wild bees.

The farm-based research, along with a second new study, also suggests widespread contamination of entire landscapes and a toxic “cocktail effect” from multiple pesticides.

The landmark work provides the most important evidence yet for regulators around the world considering action against neonicotinoids, including in the EU where a total ban is poised to be implemented this autumn. The insecticides are currently banned on flowering crops in the EU.

The negative impacts found varied across different countries, leading the pesticide manufacturers to question whether the results of the research, which they funded, were real. The new research is published in the prestigious peer-review journal Science.

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Comment from Deborah here after this article:

NEEDED: Land to have log hive and honey bee nesting boxes in place.

It is not so much about having bees put on your land but about creating habitats for them to naturally swarm and arrive onto new lands by themselves. Is anyone interested in there place being somewhere for log hives and bee nesting boxes to help support the bees?

More research shows just how important creating new habitats for the bees are, and empowering to know we can do something to help (whilst the pesticide ban happens in reality).

Get in touch with me and I can see how I can help to make this happen on your land or property.

Contact me on or 07817 480915 about support for creating honey bee habitats.

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