Posted: 04/07/2013 at 17:27
Huntertony, not sure what you mean by 'quite heavily protected'. Bees of all types have no legal protection at all. And if you read this forum for any length of time you will realise that some of the posters resort to chemicals as soon as their plants are threatened.
Admittedly there are less posters advocating the worst of the chemicals and sprays lately, but I'm sure many have still got the chemicals stashed away somewhere.
There was a piece in the newspaper quite recently stating that the chemicals remain in the soil for a long time, so the valuable beasties are not safe yet.
Is that true? Were they ever protected at one time? At school (many moons ago) we were told never to kill bee's because they were protected and that has always stuck!