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Manchester Friends of the Earth is involved in a range of biodiversity campaigns. See below for more details.




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    Make a poster to save our bees

    For over three years there has been a Europe-wide ban on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids. But this ban only applies to crops attractive to pollinators — it doesn’t cover crops like wheat. This October, Michael Gove will vote on behalf … Continue reading

    7th Sep 2017
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    Breaking: Wyevale helps the bee – but Homebase are still sitting on the fence

    You did it! Wyevale have responded to public pressure – they’ve committed to taking bee-harming pesticides out of their flowering plants. This wouldn’t have happened without the thousands of messages they received from people like you. What’s more, eight of … Continue reading

    26th Aug 2017
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    Homebase urged to act after most top garden retailers say no to bee-harming neonicotinoids

    Nine of the top 10 leading garden retailers and garden centres don’t want the flowering plants they sell to be grown with bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides and have told suppliers not to use them, a Friends of the Earth survey [1] … Continue reading

    22nd Aug 2017
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    Government must ban bee-harming pesticides as new research shows risk to bumblebee extinction

    The government must act to permanently ban bee-harming pesticides says Friends of the Earth as new research from Royal Holloway University released today (14 August) suggests that neonicotinoid pesticides pose a risk of bumblebee extinction. The research showed that queen bees … Continue reading

    14th Aug 2017
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    Stop the monster pig farm

    The beautiful countryside of Northern Ireland’s northwest coast could soon be covered in pig slurry. If a proposed mega pig farm gets the go ahead, then part of its day-to-day operation will require the spreading of vast quantities of effluent (that’s … Continue reading

    9th Aug 2017
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    Silence

    Over 18,000 people have emailed Homebase and Wyevale telling them that you want their ‘pollinator-friendly’ plants to be free from bee-harming pesticides. But so far they haven’t replied to you, and haven’t committed to taking action. That’s tens of thousands … Continue reading

    3rd Aug 2017
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    Biodiversity indicators highlight government failure on environment

    The UK Biodiversity Indicators 2017, published by the UK government today (3 August), shows not enough is being done to protect our natural environment, with too many indicators static or showing a decline in our biodiversity, says Friends of the … Continue reading

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    Tell your MP to protect EU nature laws

    The ‘Great’ Repeal Bill is meant to convert all the European laws that currently protect our environment into UK laws, ahead of Brexit. The government has committed to continue protections for food, nature and the environment after Brexit. But if our MPs … Continue reading

    19th Jul 2017
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    Green Belt Under Siege 2017 (CPRE report)

    425,000 houses now planned for Green Belt, of which more than 70% are unaffordable. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed a significant increase in houses planned for the Green Belt, and yet most of these houses will … Continue reading

    13th Jul 2017
    
    	

    Government urged to back complete ban after major European study finds neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees

    The results of a long-awaited, large-scale European field trial, published today, has found that neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees and wild bees. The results of the study, conducted by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and published in the journal Science, … Continue reading

    29th Jun 2017
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