"John -- there is a clear link between bee deaths (honey and bumble certainly -- nobody's studied the affect on wild solitary bees) and the spraying of neonics on sunflowers and the dusting of canola (rape) seed with neonics. Beyond that the…"
"ROFL at the thought of me working for the chemical industry!
Sorry, I use this forum so rarely, I'm not sure what it is you want to see and where it is I should update so you can.
My background is biodiversity field surveying, specialising in…"
"Interesting and frustrating. Frustrating because I'd like to respond to the thread but because I can't see who I'm responding to I'm reluctant to do so.
I'm assuming Susan works within the chemical industry?"
"Phil: Thanks for taking the time to provide that link. That is a really nice blog which I hadn't encountered before.
Protean Print: Bayer definitely isn't an unbiased source of info on this subject -- they are the manufacturers, and have…"
"I enter the discussion with any real knowledge of this subject, I only have a limited knowledge from what I read (from various sources). But I will add a comment to say this much -
I wouldn't trust companies (Bayer et al) who run their own…"
I grew up in the Australian bush, surrounded by professional and well-regarded amateur naturalists. I developed a particular interest in insects, especially Lepidoptera (Butterflies), at an early age and am currently focusing on Diptera (True Flies). In 2007 I completed a qualification in Biological Surveying and Species Identification, studying both entomological and botanical groups: Odonata (Dragonflies); Bombus spp (Bumblebees); Apiaceae (known as umbellifers - Cow Parsley, Wild Carrot, Queen Anne's Lace and related species); Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae (Grasses, Sedges and Rushes). In the past I have trained and worked in the hotel business; run a small craft gallery and taught textile arts; been a civil servant; and run training courses and a support team in a large heritage and nature conservation charity. Entomology and botany remain primarily a leisure activity, but I do undertake some freelance biological surveying. These days I divide my time between England and France.
I noticed some of your interests and thought that you would be a good person to speak to. I have started integrating wildlife gardens into many of my designs and would be interested in your input as to what native planting to include to attract a wide range of insects and associated fauna into my gardens.