Lack of insects

casemx 270

Member
Location
East midlands
I see they keep banging on about insect decline when out on the sprayer especially with a flowering spray on the osr ( no insecticide) I saw plenty of insects and butterflies .
 

zero

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
There was some bright spark with a degree on telly the other day who seemed to think there was a decline in bugs as they weren't being splattered on his car windscreen as often. Don't think he'd worked out it's because cars are more aerodynamic now! Our landrover still splats as many on the windscreen..
I'm sat in our garden now and theres the usual wide variety of insects buzzing around the flowers.
 

Lincsman

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
There was some bright spark with a degree on telly the other day who seemed to think there was a decline in bugs as they weren't being splattered on his car windscreen as often. Don't think he'd worked out it's because cars are more aerodynamic now! Our landrover still splats as many on the windscreen..
I'm sat in our garden now and theres the usual wide variety of insects buzzing around the flowers.
Also twice as many cars so only half as many insects to stick to each one.
 

texelburger

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Herefordshire
I see they keep banging on about insect decline when out on the sprayer especially with a flowering spray on the osr ( no insecticide) I saw plenty of insects and butterflies .
Where I live there is more than ever.Huge numbers of Bees,ants and general insects.These so called experts want to spend a little less time in their city environment, being interviewed for telly ,and get out into the countryside. I really despair at some of the things I read by people who have no clue whatsoever, social media is a hive(sic) of misinformation.
 

Forkdriver

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Livestock Farmer
As a fly fisherman there is a notable reduction in some flylife on rivers and reservoirs. Making a link to herbicides and pesticides is difficult to make, especially as there are residual chemical combinations that are possibly disruptive even if the base is not considered harmful.
I see many more different insects here in Wales than l did in the arable east of England, which is encouraging, but then spraying is the exception rather than the rule.
50 or 60. Years ago if my memory serves, insect life was common. Corn carts heaving with wildlife. Now nothing is in the trailer but grain.
 

Bogweevil

Member
No one knows if there is an insect decline or not because very few insects and types of insect are counted, if they are counted they are seldom counted over long periods or in many places and often in ways that cannot be compared. But one well conducted study in Germany found strong evidence leading to speculation and further research. It is too early to say, but it seems to me that there are nothing like the insect numbers I saw 50 years ago.
 

Dry Rot

Member
Livestock Farmer
I have a very large wild cherry tree outside my back door. I am pretty sure it was heaving with bees in previous years. Almost none (single figures) this year. My Land Rover windscreen is also clear of splatted insects. OK. it has been a cold spring, but has it really been that cold? I don't think so.
 

Turnip

Member
There was some bright spark with a degree on telly the other day who seemed to think there was a decline in bugs as they weren't being splattered on his car windscreen as often. Don't think he'd worked out it's because cars are more aerodynamic now! Our landrover still splats as many on the windscreen..
I'm sat in our garden now and theres the usual wide variety of insects buzzing around the flowers.
Wasn’t that Jeremy Clarkson in his farming show? Wouldn’t exactly call him a bright spark, smart guy yes.
 

ajd132

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
2 years ago In early May I had to make a very fast trip from Suffolk to Cornwall, leaving Suffolk at around 5:30 pm, I arrived in the dark. The next morning my car was covered in insect remains. I think we just need to increase the speed limit!
That’s because of the cheap box like car you had at the time, the new one wouldn’t have the same aerodynamic issues!
 

DaveGrohl

Member
Location
Cumbria
There was a thread on here a while ago (er, may have been a different forum). Someone posted a proper study that showed that the so called decline in insects was a myth. It’s become a great example of fake news, but of course the newspapers and tv channels luuurve any old fake news. I don’t have a ref for it soz so feel free to ignore this.

However, our house seems to be as full of insects in the summer as it always has been, more’s the pity. Little barstewards.
 

Fish

Member
Location
North yorkshire
As a fly fisherman there is a notable reduction in some flylife on rivers and reservoirs. Making a link to herbicides and pesticides is difficult to make, especially as there are residual chemical combinations that are possibly disruptive even if the base is not considered harmful.
I see many more different insects here in Wales than l did in the arable east of England, which is encouraging, but then spraying is the exception rather than the rule.
50 or 60. Years ago if my memory serves, insect life was common. Corn carts heaving with wildlife. Now nothing is in the trailer but grain.
Interesting, also a fly fisher, (salmon and sea trouts) and I’ve godda say the fly hatches I see some evenings are just as good today as they were 40 years ago.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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