"not independant with no axe to grind" - that would, of course, be totally unlike the "couldn't possibly be anything to do with pesticides" barrage of articles, "reports", weasellisms, and "hush money" from major suppliers of agrotoxins.......... at least this lot are open and upfront about their motivations, and "who's paying the piper"
As to the reference to "52 pages", it was merely a "heads up" to anyone tempted to skate through it, it's something that needs awhile to digest.......
(which is why I refrained from making any comment whatsoever, just pointed out the article - I'm up to my ears in lawn mowing and chook-house fettling, and haven't yet had the time......)
Do bear in mind though that bees suffer far far more from underfeeding and poor winter locations/accommodations. Not to mention the weather pre winter and during same, the final axe being a long wet spring.
Very good report, it's great that the pressure remains high. The report does say it, but it needs to be said louder the domestic user is to blame also. It is all to easy to forget the home user spraying roses to kill aphids with a bug-gun,which contains the same Neonicotioids such as Imidachloprid, and it's bought from any garden centre.
5.5.1 Page 14 "Imidacloprid has also been found to increase the fecundity and longevity of the Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)." Fecundity - breeds more. This is a terrifying, Varroa is another mite.
5.5.11 Page 18 -19. "Another study found imidacloprid levels of 10 μg/kg* within pollen cakes caused a 20% reduction in the number of brood cells, and so consumption was negatively affecting nurse bees or contaminating brood food"
Are your pollen cakes treated with Imidachloprid? Suppliers out there, it is probably time to check.
10 μg/kg is the equivalent of 1 second in 3.2 years.
DEFRA, being a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Agrochem Plc would say that.... Need I remind anyone that DEFRA are the lot that took over where the Min of Ag and Fish left off - who STILL will not admit the dangers of organo-phosphates, as it would cost the government too much to pay compensation to all the widows of those who died using it, and the many people crippled for life from it.....for years, our representatives told us it was safe, and forced people to use it as sheep dip, until even they couldn't manage to hush up the body-count.
Yes i remember MAFF, they were the lot who made a bit of a pigs ear of the foot and mouth outbreak,then had the bright idea to just change there name to DEFRA, and its got nothing to do with us.........same people though.