Select Committee on Environmental Audit Minutes of Evidence


Appendix: Species identified as having been affected by pesticides in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan*


BAP
report
Species
Birds
Impact causing
decline
Certainty
Proposed action

grey partridge
loss of winter seeds, insects
certain
cautious use of targeted pesticides (incl ICM/OF); research on indirect effect of pesticides
I
skylark
loss of seeds and insects
possible
cautious use of targeted pesticides (incl ICM/OF)
I
song thrush
loss of insects
possible
investigate relationship between agrochemicals and decline of species
II
nightjar
loss of large insects
possible
promote agricultural extensification; incl agri-env schemes
II
linnet
loss of grass and wildflower seeds
likely
promote agricultural extensification; incl agri-env schemes
II
cirl bunting
loss of winter food (seeds)
possible
cautious and targeted use of pesticides (incl ICM/OF)
II
reed bunting
loss of seeds and insects
likely
improve understanding of factors; cautious use of targeted pesticides (incl ICM/OF)
II
red-backed shrike
loss of large flying insects
possible
(habitat protection priority)
II
corn bunting
loss of winter seeds, insects
possible
improve understanding of factors; cautious use of targeted pesticides (incl ICM/OF)
II
spotted flycatcher
loss of summer insects
uncertain
improve understanding of factors
II
tree sparrow
loss of seeds, insects
uncertain
improve understanding of factors; cautious use of targeted pesticides (incl ICM/OF)
II
bullfinch
loss of winter seeds
likely
improve understanding of factors; cautious use of targeted pesticides (incl ICM/OF)
II
turtle dove
loss of grass and weed seeds
likely
improve understanding of factors; cautious use of targeted pesticides (incl ICM/OF)
Vascular plants
I
creeping marshwort
directly controlled
certain
(habitat protection priority)
I
western ramping furnitory
directly controlled
certain
(habitat protection priority)
II
corn-flower
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
red-tipped cudweed
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
broad-leaved cudweed
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
purple-ramping furnitory
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
red hemp-nettle
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
corn cleavers
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
shepherd's needle
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
perennial knawel
directly controlled
certain
promote agricultural extensification
II
small-flowered catchfly
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
Cotswold pennycress
directly controlled
certain
(habitat protection priority)
II
spreading
hedge-parsley
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification
II
broad-fruited corn-salad
directly controlled
certain
research on selective graminicides for field margins; promote agricultural extensification

    *  The Biodiversity Steering Group 1995, Biodiversity: the UK Steering Group Report, HMSO.

    The Biodiversity Steering Group 1998, UK Biodiversity Group: Tranche 2 Action Plans, English Nature.

  • Agricultural intensification is cited as a cause of decline under some species, and may include some pesticides impacts. eg: pipistrelle bat; Alchemilla minima, tower mustard.

  • For all species listed pesticides are not the only factors identified in the cause of population decline, other factors include eg land-use change and habitat loss.

  • ICM—integrated crop management OF—organic farming.

December 1999


 
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