The plight of the bumblebee

DEFRA has published a national pollinator strategy to protect bees and other pollinating insects, but it remains coy about the hotly contested impacts of neonicotinoids. Rachel Salvidge investigates both sides of the debate

by Rachel Salvidge
In the UK the great yellow bunblebee can now only be found in the most northerly reaches of Scotland (photograph: Far Closer/CC BY 2.0)
In the UK the great yellow bunblebee can now only be found in the most northerly reaches of Scotland (photograph: Far Closer/CC BY 2.0)

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