Farmers in Europe will be banned from using neonicotinoid pesticides in fields after the end of the year.
A near-total ban on pesticides linked to declines in bees is set to come into force across Europe by the end of the year, in a move hailed as a “beacon of hope” for the insects.
Campaigners have hailed a decision by European countries to bring in a near-total ban on pesticides linked to declines in bees as a “major victory”.
International scientists have discovered a positive link between the overall health of bees and the presence of active agricultural production.
More than a third of Scottish arable farmers say the ban on neonicotinoids has resulted in greater damage to oilseed rape crops.
A new study has revealed the differing impact of the three banned neonicotinoid insecticides on bee populations.