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No change to pesticide regulations
Neonicotinoid law remains unchanged, despite link to bee decline

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced there will currently be no changes to UK pesticide regulations, following a review into the effects of neonicotinoids.

The pesticide neonicotinoid has been linked to a fall in the UK bee population, with scientists claiming that it causes worker bees to stop providing food and eggs for larvae, bumblebees to restrict food supply to the hive, and honey bees to experience a breakdown in their navigational abilities.

In response, several studies from earlier this year were assessed by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of HSE, an independent expert advisory committee on pesticides, bee experts in DEFRA's Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and DEFRA's Science Advisory Council.

Though the report said the studies were "interesting", it was not believed that permitted neonicotinoid levels would have a serious effect on bee populations.

Friends of the Earth nature campaigner, Paul de Zylva, said: "The govenment's failure to act on neonicotinoid pesticides is astonishing - there is still a massive question mark over the impact of these chemicals in declining bee populations."

DEFRA have commented that they are carrying out additional research, however they believe the studies were either not carried out under field conditions, or neonicotinoid was used at a higher dose to that which is currently permitted.

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Rare tarantulas hatch in world first

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 Keepers at Chester Zoo have become the first in the world to successfully breed and hatch Monserrat tarantulas, a rare and unusual species that is native to the Caribbean island of Monserrat.

A clutch of around 200 tarantulas hatched at the zoo, providing key new information about the species.  

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BVA course to focus on lameness

A practical course to support mixed and farm veterinary practitioners who treat lame dairy cows has been launched by the BVA.

The CPD course will be led by Dr Nick Bell, lecturer in veterinary livestock extension at the RVC, and will introduce technical details supporting the stages of the Healthy Feet Programme.

The course takes place on 6 September 2016 at Colliton Barton Training Centre, Honiton and costs £280 for BVA members and £430 for non-members.

For more information, visit www.bva.co.uk