The proposed strategy recognizes that there is much about bees and pollinators that we do not know.
It therefore proposes gathering evidence on both pollinator status and the impact of the different pressures, such as pests and diseases, loss of food sources and shelter, pesticide use and climate change.
It then suggests priority actions for 2014 onwards.
These key points include:
The strategy document also looks at the potential pressure of insecticides on bees and other pollinators. It recognizes that they are only one among a multitude of such factors.
To ensure bee safety it proposes strict regulation of pesticides based on scientific risk assessment, encouraging their use in a sustainable manner, whilst promoting and increasing the uptake of integrated pest management (IPM) by farmers and growers
To access the UK Government’s proposed National Pollinator Strategy click here: LINK