Bees May2013

~ Bees in the garden of our committee member Joan How and husband Rob.

Leading conservation charity, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is welcoming new stringent guidance published by the EU which sets out new rules for assessing the risks of pesticides on honeybees, bumblebees and solitary bees.

For the first time, the harm that pesticides may cause bees due to chronic or repeated exposure or the potential risks posed to bee larvae must be included in the risk assessment before pesticides can be approved.

Head of Policy and Planning at Scottish Wildlife Trust, Dr. Maggie Keegan, said: “The Scottish Wildlife Trust is pleased that these measures are being introduced on the back of the neonicotinoid ban imposed by the EU…”

To read the new European Food Safety Authority Policy:

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