PAI: Designed by Beekeepers for Everyone
Non-Beekeepers (Pesticide Users) Beekeepers Bystanders
The PAI was prompted by Oxfordshire beekeepers after discovering adjacent land had been treated with pesticides with no prior notification. One specific treatment was of an herbicide which drifted over residential properties and was subsequently identified with the help of the farmer as a neurotoxin to humans. Clearly both beekeepers and bystanders need better communication from all pesticide users, informing them of treatments. In the absence of a functioning system which allows such a communication, the Thames Valley – Pesticide Awareness Initiative was conceived.
Except in some circumstances, it is not a legal requirement for users to notify neighbours or bystanders of an intention to spray pesticides, which clearly in this case was an unsatisfactory situation. There is also no UpToDate comprehensive register of beekeepers in the UK, so how are pesticide users supposed to know who to notify, or how?
Bee.Watch was further developed to implement an efficient, practical system that would provide:
- Simple, anonymous and instant notification by any users, to local beekeepers and bystanders of planned treatments using current and widely available technology;
- Complete transparency of legitimate pesticide use, so preventative measures can be taken to alleviate any concerns, by anyone who wishes to know;
- A mechanism to educate rather than divide the community on both the value and risks of pesticides, by engaging all pesticide users in the debate. Many people outside farming, have access to, and use these chemicals, without training or understanding of the risks.
Actions make a difference not words: Sign Up to the PAI
Be part of a PAI, sign up now to
- Deliver the DEFRA (2006) Code of Practice for using plant protection products, and the Health & Safety Executive requirements for other pesticides
- Receive mapped notifications of proposed pesticide treatments (when/where) and simple toxicity warnings plus links to the full analysis of individual pesticides;
- Be able to make informed decisions about potential personal exposure to any risks.
The Way Forwards
The TV PAI is being launched at the beginning of November and will be fully operational in the spring of 2019. In that period
- all users of pesticides will be encouraged to register to send in their treatment alerts
- bystanders and bee keepers who wish to be informed can register.
- further presentations and training sessions will be organized if required and those registered will be notified of periods when they can participate in testing the system.
- a chat line will be available on the Bee.Watch web site for queries.
- Sending and receiving treatment notifications.
- Feedback will be encouraged so that enhancements c an be made.
The PAI can be expanded out of the Thames Valley and is designed to operate nationally.