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To: Michael Gove

Restrict the sale of unguarded sticky fly traps

Restrict the sale of sticky fly traps to those enclosed in guards in order to protect wildlife.

Why is this important?

Sticky traps for flies are widely available in the UK and cost less than 25p. Promoted as safe alternatives to pesticides, they pose a severe hazard to bats, as well as other wildlife, which can become trapped in the glue.

Each bat, which is highly protected under UK and EU law, dies a slow, painful death from dehydration, starvation and exhaustion. Often many animals are caught, as each responds to the distress call of another. My experience of trying to release a dying animal is widely shared by others working with bats in the UK.

Most sticky traps carry no warning of the hazard posed. Even where warnings are given, these are unlikely to be sufficiently effective on their own since many casualties occur in locations where bats were not previously known (e.g., stables, lofts and greenhouses).

It is a cruel irony that natures own insect controllers are currently being killed by fly traps. This problem can be solved by restricting the general sale of sticky traps to devices encased in a guard.



2019-03-20 21:47:29 +0000

You can here the radio-report here: 1:51:00 from start.

2019-03-20 08:05:25 +0000

Just been on Radio Surrey, along with Martyn Cook, the bat worker who found the bats that sparked this campaing. So we have now been on Radio Sussex, Radio Surrey and BBC South and South-East evening new bulletins. Hopefully will result in people knowing more about these dangers and signing our petition.

2019-03-17 18:31:14 +0000

Brilliant news that we have passed 1,000 signatures!

The link shows tiny pipistrelle bat - which can eat more than a thousand insects in a night - that became caught on a sticky fly trap. Happily it was rescued by Gail Armstrong at the N. Lancashire bat hospital, and her pictures show how it progresses through an 'Elvis' stage when it is still sticky with the oil used to remove the glue, and finally recovers its fluffy coat. Many other bats, including ones I have had brought to me, cannot be saved.

2019-03-17 16:20:28 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-03-17 10:24:11 +0000

It's not just bats that are at risk. Swallows and other birds that use barns and stables also get stuck on fly traps.

2019-03-12 22:24:08 +0000

More and more people are reporting finding bats on sticky fly paper. Clearly these are not just freak accidents!

2019-03-10 20:11:30 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-03-08 20:26:26 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-03-08 17:38:36 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-03-08 16:39:20 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-03-08 15:48:19 +0000

10 signatures reached