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Beyond Neonics Debate

    

Scottish Land & Estates joined a debate organised by Scottish Wildlife Trust and held in Parliament this week on the use of neonicotinoids.  Because of fears of this group of pesticides effects on the bee pollution a number of groups, including Buglife who spoke at the debate, wish to see them banned.  However, there is then a question mark over what would replace their use for crop protection.  While possibilities exist, there is no easy answer to this question.  Nevertheless, if the bee pollution continues to decline a number of crops in Scotland, including soft fruits and oilseed rape will undoubtedly suffer through a drop off in pollination.  Scottish Natural Heritage are currently consulting on a pollinator strategy for Scotland where the impacts of a reduction in pollinators is considered and approaches to prevent this occurring explored.

 

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