A public debate on the subject of the decline of the honeybee and other pollinators has been set to take place in London in November, which may be of interest to you; read on for further details.
Halting the Decline of the Honey Bee in the UK
Healthy honey bee populations are vital to food and crop production, and the natural environment. In the UK, honey bees are responsible for 80% of pollination.
Yet there is growing concern about declining honey bee populations. The latest Winter Loss Survey from the British Beekeepers Association showed that 14.5% of honey bee colonies were lost across the UK in 2014/15 alone, twice the level needed to sustain the population.
In November 2014 the National Pollinator Strategy was launched to protect the country’s 1,500 insect species that fulfil a pollination role in England. Then last month, the Countryside Stewardship scheme was introduced; offering £900 million worth of grants to help improve the environment and countryside over the next five years, including bees and pollinators.
This special symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, environmental organisations, beekeepers and beekeeping associations, researchers and scientists, and other key stakeholders to examine the government’s latest policy initiatives on halting honey bee decline in the UK and consider future priorities for protecting biodiversity.
Delegates will also:
- Evaluate the strengths and limitations of the National Pollinator Strategy
- Discuss the use of pesticides in the UK, their impact on bees, and the upcoming review of the EU ban on neonicotinoids
- Explore how to promote bee health and biosecurity and curb the impact of pests, diseases and other hazards
- Share best practice on local initiatives to improve local beekeeping, promote bee-friendly environments and engage the public in protecting bees and other pollinators
I am pleased to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates for all bookings received by 10th September 2015. For further details about the symposium, please refer to the enclosed event brochure. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.
In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).
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