The Scottish Wildlife believes the use of three types of neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops should be banned to ensure that pollinators and other wildlife are permanently protected from these damaging insecticides.
The EU is currently reviewing a two-year ban introduced in December 2013 restricting the use of due to the “high acute risks” to bees. There is a huge body of evidence that shows that neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to pollinators and other wildlife.
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December 2016 marked the third anniversary of the introduction of restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides in the European Union. The Scottish Wildlife Trust, Buglife Scotland, Butterfly Conservation Scotland and RSPB Scotland wrote to both of the relevant Cabinet Secretaries to call for the continuation and extension of the ban on harmful neonicotinoids to protect Scotland’s bees and pollinating insects.
In December 2015 the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Buglife Scotland wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead, urging the Scottish Government to make the ban on these three neonicotinoids permanent in Scotland. RSPB Scotland and Butterfly Conservation Scotland also signed the letter.