DEFRA website sends users to escort service

DEFRA has been inadvertently sending members of the public looking for advice on pollinators to a website advertising escort services.

The Bees’ Needs campaign, which launched in 2014, called on the public to do more to help insect pollinators by growing more nectar-rich flowers, leaving patches of land to grow wild and cutting grass less often.

However, the site now displays a list of hundreds of British neighbourhoods, all of which link to a site offering “independent escorts”.

It is unclear when the domain was taken over by the escort site, but the website was being cited in parliament as late as September 2015, when the then environment minister Rory Stewart highlighted the call to action in a written answer.

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