Pesticides And Bees: Keeping Bees Safe In Our Gardens


Campaign Complete. This project has ended on July 29, 2016. No more contributions can be made.

  • £7,886.00

    Pledged of £3,000.00 Goal

  • 179

    Backers

  • 0

    Hours to Go

All funds will be collected by July 29, 2016.

Share this campaign

Help raise awareness for this campaign by sharing this widget. Simply paste the following HTML code most places on the web.

Embed Code

<iframe src="https://crowd.science/campaigns/pesticides-neonics-and-bees-keeping-bees-safe-in-our-gardens/?widget=1" width="260px" height="500px" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" /></iframe>

Stretch Goals

Through the funding so far we can sample plants from 4 gardening centres to test for the presents of neonics in a selection of plants – thank you to all the people who have supported this project so far!  If we can raise enough funding we would like to test 100 different plants randomly selected from 10 garden centres which will cost a total of £8k.  This will give us a really good picture of what’s going on.

Pesticides And Bees: Keeping Bees Safe In Our Gardens

Bees are in trouble. Around the world many types of bee are in decline, and some species have gone extinct. These declines are driven by multiple factors including loss of wildflowers from the countryside, outbreaks of disease, and exposure to the many pesticides used in modern farming.  This is particularly worrying, as we need bees; they pollinate our crops and our wildflowers. Without bees we would have no strawberries, tomatoes, chili peppers, blueberries or cucumbers, to name just a few. We need to take action to help them.

One action we can all take is to grow bee-friendly flowers in our gardens, providing bees with much-needed nectar and pollen. If every gardener did this we could turn our suburban areas into giant bee nature reserves. Buying plants for bees has proved to be very popular, and most garden centers help by providing labelling to show which plants are best for bees. The Royal Horticultural Society has a special “Perfect for pollinators” label, with a picture of a bumblebee on it. Most bee-friendly flowers are also very pretty, so planting them has the added bonus of making your garden beautiful.

A tree bumblebee

This is a tree bumblebee

Neonics – how do they affect bees? 

Sadly, there is a problem, a hidden danger. The pretty flowers on sale in garden centres are usually grown on the continent, many of them in the Netherlands, in intensive production facilities. To keep them looking perfect they are treated with chemicals, including a class of insecticide called neonicotinoids which are very harmful to bees. These chemicals, neonics for short, are neurotoxins that attack the brains of insects and paralyse them, or at lower doses leave them dazed and confused. They are tremendously toxic to insects; just one teaspoon of neonic is enough to give a lethal dose to 1 ¼ billion honeybees. There is clear evidence that their use in farming is helping to drive declines of wild bees, and they have also been implicated in declines of butterflies, aquatic insects, and insect-eating birds.

In order to protect bees, neonics have been banned for use by farmers on flowering crops such as oilseed rape, but their use on garden flowers is much less well controlled. If you ask your local garden center whether their plants have been treated with neonics, they usually do not know. Greenpeace recently screened some garden flowers on sale in mainland Europe, and found that many contained neonics and other toxic chemicals. It seems almost certain that this is also true in the UK, but no-one knows for sure. The sad truth is that this weekend a kind-hearted wildlife enthusiast might buy a pretty bee-friendly plant such as lavender, labelled with a RHS “Perfect for Pollinators” sticker, not knowing that it is full of potent neurotoxins and that they will be inadvertently poisoning their bees.

You can read more about neonics and the risks that they pose here.

How long do neonics last?

Neonics in soil can persist for years. They can also last for several years once inside perennial plants. Once you have them in your garden there is no known way to get rid of them, other than waiting many years for them to slowly break down.

Our Solution

We want to raise money so that we can screen a range of bee-friendly plants from UK garden centers and identify which ones are truly safe. These could then be sold as neonic-free. If we find significant concentrations of neonics or other harmful chemicals, we would use this information to highlight the issue, putting pressure on the garden centers to buy in only plants that are genuinely good for bees.

Unfortunately this work is not cheap. It is very time consuming to prepare the samples and the expensive equipment needed to screen for the chemicals costs a lot to maintain. This is where we are seeking your help. For £5,000 we can do an initial screening of a selection of bee-friendly plants from UK garden centres. If we can raise even more then we can screen larger numbers of plants and get a clearer picture as to which ones are safe.

About me

I have been studying bumblebees for more than twenty years, and have written several books about them including the best-selling A Sting in the Tale. I am Professor of Biology and University of Sussex. For the last five years I have been studying the effects of pesticides on wild bees. To help look after our bumblebees I founded a charity, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which currently has 9,000 members around the UK.

Wild bees in your garden

Most people are surprised to learn just how many different types of bee there are; about 270 in the UK, and over 20,000 in the world. They are all important, each visiting and pollinating different flowers. In your garden you are likely to have honeybees, perhaps ten different types of bumblebee, and twenty or more different solitary bee species (the latter being bees that live on their own, rather than in a hive with a queen).

Bpascuorum_cornflower K Park

This is a common carder bumblebee

Endorsements

Sandra Bell, Nature Campaigner, Friends of the Earth:

“Friends  of the Earth is pleased to support this important research.  We know that gardeners are keen to help bees, they should be confident that when they plant bee friendly flowers they are not giving these important pollinators a dose of harmful chemicals at the same time” 

friends-of-the-earth

Keith Tyrell, Director, PAN-UK:

“Dave Goulson is one of the leading experts on pollinators in the world. His research has been invaluable in understanding the links between pesticides and bees.  Please help him continue this important work” 

logo

And to thank you for your support: 

Pledge £15  – Invitation to a talk by me on bumblebees at University of Sussex, explaining all you need to know about how to plant a bee friendly garden.

Pledge £20 – A4 beautiful bee photo for you to frame as a reminder of the research you supported to help save the bees!  We will give you a choice at the end of the study for you to choose from.

Bpascuorum_cornflower K Park

Pledge £30 – Signed hardback copy of my best-selling books “A Sting in the Tale” or “A Buzz in the Meadow” (your choice).  Great to keep for yourself or a perfect present for a bee friendly friend!

18465526

buzz new.indd

Pledge £50 – Signed copy of both “A Sting in the Tale” or “A Buzz in the Meadow” (your choice).  Maybe one for you and one for a friend!

Pledge £150 – All of the above (including both books) and an opportunity to go on a guided bumblebee walk at Sussex University with a friend!

Bee photography competition – free to enter

Win a fantastic solitary bee nest box made by Nurturing Nature. I have one of these in my garden and my kids love to open the observation windows and watch the bees at work. You can watch a short video of one below:

To enter, simply post your best bee picture on twitter using #beeboxchallenge and the link: https://walacea.com/campaigns/pesticides-neonics-and-bees-keeping-bees-safe-in-our-gardens/“.

Name the bee and plant if you can, but don’t worry if you can’t! The prize will go to the picture that gets the most retweets by the end of the crowdfunding campaign. Good luck!

 

Select your pledge amount

£

CONTINUE
  • 8 Backers

    Donation Option: Thank you for your support - If you would like to just donate to the project and not receive a perk select any pledge and send an email to info@walacea.com with subject "no perk" and we will sort out the rest

  • 40 Backers

    E-postcard: I'll send a fun thank you bee related e-card to say thank you for your support!

  • 21 Backers
    Limit of 50 — 29 remaining

    Seminar in Brighton: Invitation to a talk by me on bumblebees at University of Sussex, explaining all you need to know about how to plant a bee friendly garden

  • 44 Backers

    Bee photo: A4 beautiful bee photo for you to frame as a reminder of the research you supported to help save the bees! We will give you a choice at the end of the study for you to choose from.

  • 35 Backers

    Signed book: Signed hardback copy of my best-selling books "A Sting in the Tale" or "A Buzz in the Meadow" (your choice). Great to keep for yourself or a perfect present for a bee friendly friend!

  • 20 Backers

    Signed book duo: Signed copy of both "A Sting in the Tale" or "A Buzz in the Meadow" (your choice). Maybe one for you and one for a friend!

  • 7 Backers
    Limit of 15 — 8 remaining

    Guided bee walk: All of the above (including both books) and an opportunity to go on a guided bumblebee walk at Sussex University with a friend!

  • 2 Backers

    Sponsorship: Bee Friendly Monmouthshire

  • 1 Backer

    Sponsorship: Essex Beekeepers Association

  • 1 Backer

    Sponsorship: Friends of the Earth

2 Comments

  1. heidi herrmann

    So happy to support Dave Goulson’s vital work on behalf of the Natural Beekeeping Trust. It is to be hoped that in future we may by plants for bees with confidence. At present the label used by the horticultural industry as well as the RHS is sadly meaningless.

    • Natalie Jonk

      Thank you for your support Heidi! We’re delighted Dave’s project is doing so well, friends of the earth have just got behind it! 🙂

Leave a Reply

  1. Natalie Jonk
    gbp 5.00
  2. George Pilkington
    gbp 50.00
  3. Emma Seward
    gbp 5.00
  4. Graeme Hewson
    gbp 10.00
  5. Ben Mayhew
    gbp 20.00
  6. Richard T Weston
    gbp 5.00
  7. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  8. Robin Biddulph (no perk)
    gbp 20.00
  9. Pauline Rose
    gbp 15.00
  10. Harriet Owens
    gbp 20.00
  11. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  12. Nick Percival
    gbp 20.00
  13. Judy Bown
    gbp 5.00
  14. Jo Best
    gbp 5.00
  15. Chantal Sorrell
    gbp 20.00
  16. Natural Beekeeping Trust
    gbp 150.00
  17. Jenny Seawright
    gbp 30.00
  18. Maria Casey
    gbp 30.00
  19. Jenny Macgregor
    gbp 20.00
  20. Anonymous
    gbp 15.00
  21. Thomas Green
    gbp 5.00
  22. Jerry Hoare
    gbp 20.00
  23. Faron McLellan
    gbp 30.00
  24. Cindy Curtis
    gbp 20.00
  25. Lizzie Fry
    gbp 15.00
  26. Joe Algar
    gbp 30.00
  27. Jen Waring
    gbp 20.00
  28. Maggie Keegan
    gbp 20.00
  29. Anonymous
    gbp 3.00
  30. Annemarie van Ommen
    gbp 30.00
  31. Judith Conroy
    gbp 20.00
  32. Anonymous
    gbp 150.00
  33. keith Tyrell
    gbp 20.00
  34. Amber Felce
    gbp 20.00
  35. Cosima Krueger-Cunningham
    gbp 15.00
  36. Eleanor Fallows
    gbp 15.00
  37. Joe Weeks
    gbp 50.00
  38. ella quincy
    gbp 30.00
  39. Dora Clouttick
    gbp 3.00
  40. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  41. James Anderson
    gbp 20.00
  42. Clare Jowett
    gbp 20.00
  43. Selena Gray
    gbp 50.00
  44. Richard Terry
    gbp 20.00
  45. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  46. Cheryl Cummings
    gbp 5.00
  47. Helen Duncan
    gbp 150.00
  48. Ray Griffiths
    gbp 50.00
  49. Lucy Moy-Thomas
    gbp 50.00
  50. Susan Lowenthal
    gbp 5.00
  51. Helen Phillips
    gbp 100.00
  52. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  53. Anonymous
    gbp 3.00
  54. Angus Milner-Brown
    gbp 30.00
  55. Anonymous
    gbp 5.00
  56. Anonymous
    gbp 5.00
  57. Sarah Cowell
    gbp 15.00
  58. Anonymous
    gbp 30.00
  59. Anonymous
    gbp 15.00
  60. Will Yerburgh
    gbp 3.00
  61. Jean Twist
    gbp 20.00
  62. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  63. Anonymous
    gbp 3.00
  64. Alison Gray
    gbp 5.00
  65. Emma Sarah Tennant
    gbp 15.00
  66. Tara Cox
    gbp 15.00
  67. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  68. Barbara Spence
    gbp 5.00
  69. Jenny Wattis
    gbp 20.00
  70. Sarah Mushrow
    gbp 20.00
  71. Richard Lockwood
    gbp 30.00
  72. Matt Vickers
    gbp 10.00
  73. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  74. Carrie Weager
    gbp 5.00
  75. Anne Clements
    gbp 15.00
  76. Catherine Thompson
    gbp 30.00
  77. Brian Taylor
    gbp 50.00
  78. Sue Archer
    gbp 30.00
  79. Danielle Green
    gbp 30.00
  80. John Newman
    gbp 5.00
  81. Martin Riley
    gbp 3.00
  82. Diane Cox
    gbp 30.00
  83. Sue Redshaw
    gbp 15.00
  84. Jennifer Moore
    gbp 150.00
  85. Helen STace
    gbp 160.00
  86. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  87. Charles Moonstone
    gbp 5.00
  88. Anonymous
    gbp 30.00
  89. Rutger Las
    gbp 50.00
  90. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  91. Philip Mantell
    gbp 20.00
  92. Teresa Fowler
    gbp 15.00
  93. Jo Turner
    gbp 5.00
  94. Alastair Mallick
    gbp 5.00
  95. Clare Badrick
    gbp 15.00
  96. Jamie McMillan
    gbp 30.00
  97. Anonymous
    gbp 150.00
  98. James Stuart
    gbp 20.00
  99. Wendy Davis
    gbp 15.00
  100. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  101. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  102. Wendy Comert
    gbp 30.00
  103. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  104. Anonymous
    gbp 100.00
  105. Clare Street
    gbp 30.00
  106. Anonymous
    gbp 5.00
  107. Sarah Buckingham
    gbp 5.00
  108. Sara Willard
    gbp 15.00
  109. Anonymous
    gbp 30.00
  110. Rory Dimond
    gbp 5.00
  111. Richard Watson
    gbp 30.00
  112. Tanya Hawkes
    gbp 30.00
  113. Marion Pellon
    gbp 30.00
  114. Martin Rogers
    gbp 20.00
  115. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  116. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  117. Steve Hull
    gbp 20.00
  118. Bryony Huntley
    gbp 20.00
  119. Anonymous
    gbp 15.00
  120. Jackie York
    gbp 15.00
  121. Nynke Wierda
    gbp 5.00
  122. Alastair Logan
    gbp 5.00
  123. Bernie Doeser
    gbp 5.00
  124. Sue Stewart
    gbp 30.00
  125. Anonymous
    gbp 50.00
  126. Gerry Tissier
    gbp 15.00
  127. Cecilia Sundh
    gbp 5.00
  128. Vikki Pendleton
    gbp 20.00
  129. Camilla Bird
    gbp 30.00
  130. Friends of the Earth
    gbp 2,000.00
  131. Bee Friendly Monmouthshire
    gbp 300.00
  132. Aurimas Lažinskas
    gbp 5.00
  133. Holly Silvester
    gbp 30.00
  134. Nick Percival
    gbp 30.00
  135. Nick Holmes
    gbp 20.00
  136. Anonymous
    gbp 30.00
  137. Lisa Mason
    gbp 5.00
  138. Sue Stileman
    gbp 5.00
  139. William Bird
    gbp 30.00
  140. andrew christie
    gbp 5.00
  141. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  142. ann milston
    gbp 20.00
  143. Jenny Sinclair
    gbp 50.00
  144. Megan Halcroft
    gbp 5.00
  145. Queenie Muck
    gbp 30.00
  146. Anonymous
    gbp 15.00
  147. Freni Chinoy
    gbp 20.00
  148. Jane Wilson
    gbp 30.00
  149. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  150. Anonymous
    gbp 5.00
  151. Stephanie Green
    gbp 15.00
  152. Dave Hilliard
    gbp 10.00
  153. Dean Sykes
    gbp 5.00
  154. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  155. Anonymous
    gbp 10.00
  156. Brian Denham
    gbp 3.00
  157. Carrie Pailthorpe
    gbp 30.00
  158. Glennis Samuelson
    gbp 150.00
  159. Darren Lumber
    gbp 50.00
  160. Essex Beekeepers Association Sponsorship
    gbp 500.00
  161. Conor Kimball
    gbp 5.00
  162. Fiona Clements
    gbp 15.00
  163. Karl Hine
    gbp 5.00
  164. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  165. Anonymous
    gbp 150.00
  166. Judith Knight
    gbp 20.00
  167. jay
    gbp 5.00
  168. Heather Angel
    gbp 30.00
  169. Terry Wells
    gbp 30.00
  170. charles warner
    gbp 30.00
  171. Beryl Randall
    gbp 5.00
  172. MISS S COWELL
    gbp 20.00
  173. John Walker
    gbp 5.00
  174. Sam Gandy
    gbp 50.00
  175. Andy BRown
    gbp 20.00
  176. Anonymous
    gbp 20.00
  177. Paul Jupp
    gbp 30.00
  178. Beefayre Ltd
    gbp 300.00
  179. Caroline IRWIN
    gbp 20.00

Terms of Agreement

Member usage

Definitions

Crowd.Science’s Service

Crowd.Science has limited liability

How Campaigns Work

Campaign Owner and Campaign Funder Obligation

Campaign Rewards

Fees Payable to Crowd.Science

Stripe Payment Gateway

Refunds

Communications with Crowd.Science

Tax and legal compliance

Dispute Resolution

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

Third Party Site

Prohibited Use Of Crowd.Science

General Overview

This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.

  • 8 Backers

    Donation Option: Thank you for your support - If you would like to just donate to the project and not receive a perk select any pledge and send an email to info@walacea.com with subject "no perk" and we will sort out the rest

  • 40 Backers

    E-postcard: I'll send a fun thank you bee related e-card to say thank you for your support!

  • 21 Backers
    Limit of 50 — 29 remaining

    Seminar in Brighton: Invitation to a talk by me on bumblebees at University of Sussex, explaining all you need to know about how to plant a bee friendly garden

  • 44 Backers

    Bee photo: A4 beautiful bee photo for you to frame as a reminder of the research you supported to help save the bees! We will give you a choice at the end of the study for you to choose from.

  • 35 Backers

    Signed book: Signed hardback copy of my best-selling books "A Sting in the Tale" or "A Buzz in the Meadow" (your choice). Great to keep for yourself or a perfect present for a bee friendly friend!

  • 20 Backers

    Signed book duo: Signed copy of both "A Sting in the Tale" or "A Buzz in the Meadow" (your choice). Maybe one for you and one for a friend!

  • 7 Backers
    Limit of 15 — 8 remaining

    Guided bee walk: All of the above (including both books) and an opportunity to go on a guided bumblebee walk at Sussex University with a friend!

  • 2 Backers

    Sponsorship: Bee Friendly Monmouthshire

  • 1 Backer

    Sponsorship: Essex Beekeepers Association

  • 1 Backer

    Sponsorship: Friends of the Earth