This piece from FOE is both good and disturbing and, for me, the loss of habitat is as bad as the pesticides. People do not understand that their own actions – putting a concrete drive at their house house, perhaps even getting an allotment, having a better pavement for the school walk, a new road to help congestion, a farmer turning a field from pasture to arable – all steal habitat from wildlife, plants and so insects and bees, then birds, then animals!
We have to change our thinking and then our way of life …
Why are the bees disappearing?
There are two key factors in the decline of bee populations: loss of habitat and the intensive use of pesticides. In the past 60 years, we’ve lost 97% of our wildflower meadows. Add to this the loss of much of our natural hedgerow and woodland thanks to modern farming methods, and you leave the bees without flowers to forage or safe nesting sites. Our bees are hungry, homeless and dying.
Then there’s the hotly debated issue of pesticides used in farming. In 2013, a two-year restriction was put on the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides by the EU, after they were found to present a high risk to bees. The pesticides industry has been fighting the ban ever since and, as a result, a growing number of studies have been carried out that show that these pesticides do harm bees.
Biodynamics has always known the vital importance of bees and I try to make my garden as bee friendly – indeed wildlife – friendly as possible. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust comes out with some excellent little tips about flowers for … Continue reading →
We seem too to be in a bit of a lull in the rabbit breeding cycle … I’m sure that won’t last! I’m gradually getting the beds I need to keep the rabbits off wired. I’m using bog-standard wire netting … Continue reading →
Good tips on plants to grow for moths … Butterfly Conservation – Dig It – April Tips From The Secret Gardener You need to do some work in the garden soon if you want to take part in Moth Night … Continue reading →
I find this terrifying! And the attitudes that have led to this situation. From what I hear from some of my ecologist friends BD can help with this. It’s not just for our own personal gardens and vegetables We … Continue reading →
Lovely fun article … makes a good alternative to the usual hunt for chocolate eggs 🙂 Every one of the beautiful butterflies that grace our gardens and countryside during the year began life as an egg. So while butterfly … Continue reading →
This article is a couple of years old but none the worse for that! It’s really good if you’re wanting some advice on how you can encourage more wildlife into your garden and give nature a helping hand. There’s advice … Continue reading →
As the Barn Owl Trust say we need lots more of this rough grassland habitat and … maybe surprisingly to some … biodynamics really does help! People often seen to think biodynamics is some sort of fertiliser, like the chemical … Continue reading →