Ministers say they want more effort to link flowering habitats across the countryside, from gardens to farms, especially given that pollinators are worth up to £430m a year yet have seen their population drastically decline.
“The Welsh government’s draft pollinator action plan, in response to ourBee Cause campaign, is very welcome and shows real leadership. However, the power to ban pesticides lies in Westminster, not Cardiff Bay, and the Welsh government must discuss devolution of these controls immediately if we are to have decent protection for Welsh bees,” he said.
“With wild bees in particular struggling across Britain, it’s essential that David Cameron’s government acts too. The UK administration must follow the forward-thinking Welsh government’s lead with a bee action plan and support restrictions on neonicotinoid pesticides linked to bee decline.”
He said: “We know that estimates put the value of pollinators to the UK at over £430m per annum and that they provide a vital ecosystem service.
“However, despite this, pollinator populations have been on the decline for the last 30 years and if we do not take prompt action this trend will continue.
“There has been a great deal of interest in our work to protect pollinator populations in Wales. The draft action plan sets out our vision for the best way forward and I would urge anyone with an interest to consider the content of the plan and feed back their comments.
“Pollinators are vital to our future health and wellbeing so it is important that we all work together to get this plan right.”
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