Neo-nicotinoid pesticide threat to wild birds
New research suggests that a farm pesticide which has been blamed for impacting Britain's bee colonies may also be harming the nation's wild birds.
Neo-nicotinoids, which farmers use to protect crops from attack, are being linked with a decline in some bird species like swallows whose numbers have declined by 20% in the last three years.
Farmers dispute the figures, which are published in the journal Nature, arguing that alternative treatments are far more damaging to wildlife.
Claire Marshall reports.
09 Jul 2014
- From the section Science & Environment