New tool to protect bees should be rolled out across Europe

10-May-2017 @ 16:00

John Procter John Procter

John Procter John Procter

John Procter John Procter

New tool to protect bees should be rolled out across Europe

A new website currently being used in Britain which allows farmers to warn beekeepers when they spray insecticide could help protect bees across Europe.

BeeConnected was launched in the UK two years ago to improve communication about the spraying of insecticides. Conservative MEP John Procter invited farmers, the British Beekeepers Association and the UK Crop Protection Association to the European Parliament to explain the benefits.

Mr Procter said: “BeeConnected is a perfect example of best practice. It allows farmers to inform beekeepers, in a modern way, that they are spraying insecticides.

“Pollinators, like bees, are incredibly important to farming. Around 70% of the crops grown in the UK are dependent or benefit from bees. Farmers need beekeepers as much as beekeepers need farmers.

“This is a much simpler way of communicating, which in the UK is replacing an out of date and patchy system. The benefits are clear, and I would encourage others to adopt this system across Europe.”

The Voluntary Initiative supported by the Crop Protection Association, launched BeeConnected two years ago in the UK. Farmers and beekeepers can sign up to the website. Farmers can then upload when and where they are spraying which takes seconds to do so. Beekeepers can then get a location and get a notification when spraying is happening near their hives.

Mr Procter added: “I registered on the site and uploaded the fields I will be spraying in the next two weeks to let beekeepers know. If I can use it anyone can.”

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