The Bee Coalition's Recommendations for the UK Government
The UK Government’s role is pivotal in the protection of our pollinators through its power to introduce and implement pollinator-friendly policies and schemes, and this aim should be high on its priority list. Policy actions must be uncompromising and focused on the need for pollinator protection in the short, medium and long term.
The Government should be led on specialist issues by independent science, expertise in conservation bodies and parliamentary committees and public desire for action. Decisions concerning the habitat and health of pollinators must be based on the best available evidence, and when evidence is incomplete must be guided by the precautionary principle.
- COMMITMENTS. Fulfill promises made nationally and internationally to protect biodiversity including:
• Introducing measures to protect wildlife and promote green spaces and wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats and restore biodiversity;
• Promises made as a signatory of the Convention on Biological Diversity, especially meeting 2020 targets to reverse the decline of nature.
- UNDERSTANDING POLLINATORS. Implement research and monitoring to bridge knowledge gaps in pollinator losses, ecology and distribution while taking steps to improve the health of managed bees.
- FARMING FOR POLLINATORS. Incentivise the widespread management of agricultural land for pollinators including organically managed farmland and the development of landscape-wide habitat networks.
- AGROCHEMICALS. Ensure that the present ban on three neonicotinoids on crops attractive to pollinators is made permanent and fully implemented. Additionally extend the ban on these neonicotinoids to use on all other crops in light of evidence of contamination to wildflowers and exposure to other wildlife.
- BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION. Introduce more measures to protect and extend wildlife in planning, as well as protect biodiverse sites and restore wild flowers to the countryside. Create wildlife spaces and corridors and legally protect threatened pollinator species.
- PLANNING. Retain the status of protected areas. Introduce policy, which avoids development on pollinator habitat area, which generates high quality green infrastructure, including in development, and which gives stronger protection to pollinator habitats, including undesignated sites.
- NATIONAL POLLINATOR STRATEGY. Ensure that the NPS is kept up to date so that it is robust, informed by the latest evidence, creates new policy while linking existing policies and actions, and addresses the wide spectrum of pollinator issues explained in this report.