‘It has been decimating the bee population,’ Eastbourne councillor celebrates ban of pesticide

Following the ban of a potentially harmful pesticide an Eastbourne councillor has been celebrating following his campaign against the substance.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 3:51 pm
Cllr Jim Murray. E21169M SUS-190417-151922001

Neonicotinoids had originally been banned in the UK two years ago but in January the government allowed for the pesticide to be used again.

Councillor Jim Murray said, “It was so frustrating because we had spent so long explaining to everybody why this was a bad thing,

“I am really pleased that it is going to be overturned.”

The pesticide is believed to have a harmful affect on bees as well as other animals such as birds.

Councillor Murray said the pesticide can have a Alzheimer’s-like affect on bees which can lead to the animal becoming lost and dieing in the cold.

He added, “It is a particularly nasty way to go. It has been decimating the bee population so anything we can do to stop that from happening is always a good thing.”

A petition had been set up by Councillor Murray in January to ban the pesticide and gained more than 36,000 signatures.

To read about the original lifting of the ban and petition click here.