Backlash at ‘misleading’ social media pesticide claims over bee declines

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The research, led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, measured the presence of 353 wild bee and hoverfly species across the country, from 1980 to 2013.

While it showed one third of species experienced declines, with ’intensive farming practices’ being blamed’ one tenth of species increased.

The report said: “A positive but unexpected finding of the study was the increase in key bee species responsible for pollinating flowering crops, such as oilseed rape.

“This could be in response to the large increases of mass-flowering crops grown during the study period and Government-subsidised schemes that encourage farmers to plant more of the wildflowers they feed on.”


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