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Barn swallow chicks (Hirundo rustica) at Arrábida (Quinta do Camalhão), Setúbal, Portugal. This insectivorous species is among those impacted by imidacloprid. Photo: Jose Sousa via Flickr.

It's not just the bees! 'Neonic' pesticides linked to bird declines

Helen Thompson

17th July 2014

A study published today in Nature shows a strong correlation between concentrations of a popular neonicotinoid pesticide in water, and bird declines, writes Helen Thompson. Regulators are under pressure to tighten up, but the industry still claims there's 'no substantiated evidence'. more...
Bee gathering nectar. Photo: Jack Wolf via Flickr.

Victory! Syngenta pulls 'bee-killer' pesticide application

The Ecologist

4th July 2014

Blaming 'lack of time', Syngenta withdraws its emergency application to use a seed treatment blamed for killing bees. Friends of the Earth and 38 Degrees claim victory - but Syngenta warns: we'll be back! more...
Neonicotinoid insecticides are killing more than just bees - entire farmland ecosystems are being poisoned. Photo: honeybees (Apis mellifera) on wild fennel, Albany, California, by Jack Wolf via Flickr.

Neonicotinoids are poisoning entire farmland ecosystems

Damian Carrington / The Guardian

2nd July 2014

The widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticides is causing a neurotoxic overload afflicting entire farm ecosystems from earthworms to bees, other pollinators and birds, writes Damian Carrington. A collapse in food production may inevitably follow. more...
'If we had less pesticide use in the environment we wouldn't have such a problem.' Photo: C.G.P. Grey via Flickr.com.

Death by pest or pesticide? Antibiotic dangers trap bees in a Catch 22

Matthew Thompson

2nd February 2014

Antibiotics used to protect them from bacterial illnesses ravaging hives are making them die from commonly used pesticides, some of which are used to ward-off bee-killing parasites. Matthew Thompson reports. more...
Crop spraying near Harvington, Worcestershire, England. Photo: muffinn via Flickr.com.

Revealed: the chemical blitz of pesticides in our fields

Dave Goulson

30th January 2014

An ordinary arable field in Sussex is sprayed with pesticides 22 times over a single growing season. Dave Goulson wonders how the bees can survive this toxic onslaught - and exactly who benefits. more...
Bee on flower. Photo: dslaven / Shutterstock.com.

Neonicotinoid ban won't fix all bees' problems

Dave Goulson

30th November 2013

A temporary ban on neonicotinoid insecticides comes into effect across the EU this weekend. Dave Goulson argues that far deeper, structural changes are needed to create a countryside fit for bees and other wildlife. more...

Bees: the battle is not over yet

Rob Drake-Knight reports on a unique collaboration between an environmental organisation and an eco-fashion label who together aim to raise greater awareness of the plight of bees..... more...

Bee protection: US in spotlight as EU bans pesticides

by Elizabeth Grossman

European commission vote highlights threat to the world's food supply from the decline of bees and other pollinators more...

Bees with Alzheimer’s – the price of pesticides

April 8th, 2013

by Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas on why me must continue to fight against excessive pesticide use, for the sake of both humans and bees....... more...

Frontline Online: What's killing our bees?

April 3rd, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

The Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on news and action from the environmental frontline.... more...

An hour in the eco garden: November

by Hazel Sillver

Now is the time to plant things that will provide bees and butterflies with food next year. But fear not, this doesn’t mean your garden has to start looking like a field. Hazel Sillver suggests three planting schemes of biennials and perennials for an elegant nectar border. more...
The A to Z of livestock

The A to Z of smallholdings

Lisa Stephens

8th May, 2012

Take one Alpaca, a scattering of silkworms, a couple of cows and a group of goats, and you could just be the next Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Lisa Stephens presents the A to Z of smallholdings more...

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Tried and tested: eco-friendly lip balm

Tried and tested: lip balm

Ruth Styles

25th April, 2012

High on petrochemicals and low on efficacy, it’s time to swap your Vaseline for something a little greener. Ruth Styles puts the planet-pleasing alternatives to the test more...
Bees

Six reasons to become an urban beekeeper

Zion Lights

19th April, 2012

Urban beekeeping will help boost the UK's declining bee population. Here are six reasons to get involved more...
Bees

Grave threat of pesticides to bees' billion-pound bonanza is now clear

Damian Carrington, Guardian Head of Environment

April 2012

Replacing the pollination of food crops that the UK's bees perform for free would cost £1.8bn. With hard data now linking pesticides to bees' rapid decline, there is no excuse for inaction, says Damian Carrington more...
Honey bees

TAKE ACTION: Support Friends of the Earth's National Bee Action Plan

Mark Briggs

11th April, 2012

In China, pear trees have had to be pollinated by hand after bees were wiped out by industrial farming. Now FOE have launched a petition to get the UK government to help halt the decline in Britain's own bee population more...
On Stevenson’s trail: honey and horses in the Cévennes

On Stevenson’s trail: honey and horses in the Cévennes

Ruth Styles

11th April, 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson’s account of his epic 1879 journey through the Cévennes is one of the high points of travel literature but as Ruth Styles found out, there’s still plenty to be discovered more...
Spotters guide to spring flowers

The spotters guide to spring wild flowers

Rebecca Campbell

6th April, 2012

With spring in full swing, the UK’s ancient woodland is bursting into life. From bluebells to ramsens, Rebecca Campbell rounds up the best British blooms

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Heavenly honey: why the golden stuff is great for your skin

Heavenly honey: why the golden stuff is good news for your skin

Ruth Styles

4th April, 2012

A natural moisturiser packed with antioxidants, honey is a sweet treat that can make a big difference to your dermis more...
Bees

Pesticides linked to honeybee decline

Damien Carrington, guardian head of environment

29th March, 2012

The first study conducted in a natural environment has shown that systemic pesticides damage bees' ability to navigate more...
wildflowers

Why bees & biodiversity benefit from indigenous wildflowers

Hazel Sillver

20th March, 2012

Filling your garden with wildflowers helps honeybees and butterflies, and creates a relaxed mood. And, from the Easton Walled Garden to Sissinghurst, there's plenty of inspiration more...

How Dow and Monsanto teamed up over 'Agent Orange' herbicide

Richard Schiffman

24th February, 2012

In a match some would say was made in hell, two of the world's leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the herbicide 2, 4-D, - one-half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange more...
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Bee Lovely: the hand cream standing up for insects

Ruth Styles

14th September, 2011

Britain’s bees are in big trouble, but Neal’s Yard Remedies have come to the rescue with a campaign and limited edition hand cream. Ruth Styles put it to the test more...
bee hives

The A to Z of beekeeping

Gervase Poulden

6th September, 2011

From zoning to killer bees and lovely honey: Gervase Poulden explains the essentials of beekeeping more...
Riichard Scott, Senior Project Manager at Landlife

CAMPAIGN HERO: Richard Scott of Landlife

Matilda Lee

12th July, 2011

The senior project manager at Landlife, the charity working to bring people and wildlife closer together, on 'principled' dealings with corporations and why it's important to make politicians jealous more...

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