Posted: 23/02/2013 at 17:40
Update. I have had responses from three Garden Centres about there stocking of insecticide products containing Neonicotinoids.
Squires (http://www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk/) said they would be looking to remove them from sale;
The Garden Centre Group (http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/) sid not indicate if they would r would not continue to stock them but did indicate it educates its customers in their use, such as spraying when bees are least active. This doesn't resolve the issue because systemic insecticides are absorbed by the plant making the whole plant toxic including the pollen and nectar which bees and other pollinating (and beneficial) insects feed on. The plant is then toxic for up to six weeks from the initial spraying
Longacres (http://www.longacres.co.uk/) said that they will NOT be looking to remove them from sale;
This what Longacres said in response...
Longacres Official Statement on Bees & Neonicotinoids
"After reviewing the information from the EFSA, DEFRA, HTA, CPA and Soil Associations, we have come to the following conclusions.
1. The scientific evidence suggests that the global decline in bees is due to a mixture of factors including: parasites, fungal & viral diseases, degradation and loss of habitat.
2. Until further research currently being carried out DEFRA is completed there is no reason not to sell systemic insecticides based on neonicotinoids.
Furthermore, there is much that consumers can do to help bees.
Longacres recommends assigning planting areas in your garden to create a wild flower meadow (we sell ready mixed seed packs to help with this) and also add insect attracting plants. See our Bedding & Shrub areas for Heathers as a colourful addition to your borders.
Longacres also recommends placing nesting sites in your garden - to help you we sell a variety of insect houses in the pet and wild bird area.
Longacres recommends that all pesticides should be used only as directed on the pack. For best results spray early in the morning or in the early evening when bees are inactive and avoid spraying on open blooms.
For more information please contact the chemical department or visit www.cropprotection.org.uk and download their ???bee informed??? leaflet."