Butterfly Conservation is backing calls for a temporary ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.
After reviewing mounting data, Butterfly Conservation now believes the evidence is compelling enough to suggest that there is a serious problem with neonicotinoids and their effect on bees.
Butterfly Conservation is supporting calls for a temporary ban as a precaution until further trials can be conducted on the impact of neonicotinoids on bees and other wildlife, including moths and butterflies, living in and around arable fields.
Neonicotinoids are systemic insecticides entering every part of the target plant including the pollen and nectar harvested by bees.
Butterfly Conservation Chief Executive Dr Martin Warren explains: "The latest research findings show that neonicotinoid pesticides could be having a very serious effect on bees and other pollinators.
“Further studies are needed urgently but a temporary ban is a wise precaution to give us time to identify the risks more clearly.
“There is also a clear need to improve the testing of pesticides so that the impact on wildlife is assessed fully before use."