Neonicotinoids are banned across Europe over concerns that they kill bees and other pollinators. Academic and author, Professor Dave Goulson, has warned that one teaspoon of neonic is enough to kill 1.25 billion honeybees, equivalent to four lorryloads.
In 2017, the UK Government supported restrictions on the neonicotinoid pesticides across the European Union. The Environment Secretary at the time, Michael Gove, gave a commitment to maintain these restrictions post-Brexit unless the scientific evidence changed.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust considers that there needs to be a significant reduction in the use of all pesticides, particularly insecticides with this level of effect. As part of our Wilder 2030 strategy we are calling on governments, businesses and the public to play their part in reducing the pressure on nature everywhere.