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High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove

Species that feed most on the bright yellow flowers of the crop treated with controversial neonicotinoids have fallen by as much as 30%

Oilseed rape crop

Oilseed rape crops must be intensively managed for farmers to attain high yields, and this means high use of pesticides. Photograph: Chris Strickland/Alamy Stock Photo

Published on The Guardian website on the 16th August 2016


Pesticides used on oilseed rape crops, whose bright yellow flowers have become an increasingly common sight across the British countryside, are harming native populations of wild bees, scientists have conclusively proved.

Species that feed most on the flowers of the now-profitable cash crop used for vegetable oils and animal fodder are down by as much as 30%, according to the wide-ranging study published in the journal Nature.

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Havant Borough Council's 'Draft Local Housing Statement' and the new 'Local Plan 2036' Public Consultation sessions

HBC Local Plan 2036

Public consultation on draft housing proposal


Published in the Portsmouth News on the 31st July 2016


Havant Borough Council will be holding a number of public exhibitions throughout August on its draft Local Plan Housing Statement.

This will provide an opportunity for people to view all of the consultation material and discuss the proposals with council officers.

The housing proposals will also form part of the new Havant Borough Local Plan 2036.

Councillor David Guest, Cabinet Lead for Economy, Planning, Development and Prosperity, said: ‘I urge residents of the borough to come along to these exhibitions and get involved as much as possible.

‘The Local Plan has been designed to provide significant benefits for everyone who lives in, works in or visits the borough and is essential in raising the prosperity of Havant whilst offering a high quality of life.

‘By providing these much -needed homes it will give our children and grandchildren a real opportunity to get on the housing ladder in the future.’

Each exhibition will be the same, so anyone unable to attend their nearest one can go to any of the others being held.

For dates, locations and times of the exhibitions, visit

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