To BEE or not to BEE? There is a question to BEE answered?

Dasysyrphus albostriatus 2 Crowle Moor 12.5.13

We would hope that all readers are aware of the issues around problems for our bees, have Government woken up and listened to the concerns expressed and submitted by many experts and authorities?  If plants are not pollinated then the majority are likely to fail, a large proportion of commercial crops are pollinated by bees (others by flies, moths and even birds ) so they are essential in terms of food production.  To date the agri-industry chemical companies appear to have failed to convince conservationists that they value the diversity of bee species beyond industrialised breeding of colonies for commercial use.  Defra are seeking to consult on a Strategy to ‘safeguard and support’ pollinators, so ….

BUGLIFE, the invertebrate conservation charity have done much research (along with others) as well as raising public awareness to the issue.  Get Britain Buzzing: A Manifesto for Pollinators is a recent publication which is a worthwhile but not heavy read, it offers Buglife’s 7 principles and 27 actions to arrest the alarming decline in UK pollinator populationsIf Defra adopt these then there seems to be an opportunity to address the issue and reverse the decline. 

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Buglife are encouraging people to make submissions, the Forum’s Executive would endorse that appeal.  Collectively collaborative campaigning can achieve positive outcomes.  Buglife are also asking people to consider signing the partnership Bee Cause Petition which calls upon the Minister Lord de Mauley (Rupert Ponsonby) to take action to address the decline in bee numbers.

So, let’s hope that the critical mass of community activism can deliver a message that is heard in the Westminster village, that is to say that bees are a necessary and valuable natural asset, they make an astonishing financial contribution to the world economy so surely they deserve a safe natural environment in which to conduct their business which makes significant contribution to man’s existence?

Why [Defra] We Are Consulting

Defra is inviting views on the proposed Strategy from stakeholders through this public consultation. In particular, this is an opportunity to engage with a wider audience before we finalise the Strategy. It also provides a further opportunity for input from those organisations and groups who have already helped us over the last six months. The main purpose of this consultation is to gather further evidence and information to help finalise the details of the Strategy and to guide its implementation.

A consultation on the National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England

We welcome your views and comments on the proposals. We would prefer you to give us your answers to the consultations questions using the online survey. If you are unable to do so, we will accept responses via email to the consultation mailbox: pollinatorstrategy@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

Alternatively, postal responses should be addressed to:

National Pollinator Strategy Team, Room 11G35, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ

Responses should be received by 2nd May 2014.

The link below will take you to the ‘Citizen Space’ portal where verious documents can be downloaded from.  There is also the opportunity to submit On Line, ‘Give Us Your Views’ they say …. so, are the questions the right ones or are they chosen with another agenda?

A consultation on the National Pollinator Strategy: for bees and other pollinators in England

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The budding hymenopterists amongst you would have realised that the image at the top of the post is not a bee but Dasysyrphus albostriatus, a hoverfly, so well done!

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