Thirteen leading UK environmental organisations are today calling for the UK Government to show its commitment to reversing bee declines by fully enforcing the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
Friends of the Earth say new plans to ‘offset’ the destruction of wildlife by compensating with new green spaces, announced by the Government today (Thursday 5 September 2013), are a license to trash nature.
Responding to Syngenta’s legal challenge to the European Commission’s decision to suspend the use of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam on bee attractive crops, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: “These restrictions are completely justified.
A Manchester MP and members of Manchester City Council joined Friends of the Earth for a Bee Tea at the urban bee-friendly garden created for the Dig the City event. 
Government plans revealed today [Friday 28 June 2013] for the introduction of a National Pollinator Strategy to tackle the rapid decline of Britain’s bees and other pollinating insects have been given a cautious welcome by Friends of the Earth.
A new report from the University of Reading shows that the North West now supports the only English population of the rare and declining Wall Mason Bee.