|Wasp-killing traps on sale at The Eden Project|
Brilliant that is, except in one respect. . .
I was saddened to discover on my way out through their enormous shop area that The Eden Project finds it acceptable to generate income by promoting the elimination of wasps. Two separate displays of these pretty glass wasp-drowning traps were on sale to visitors.
Isn't it nice when killing insects can be done in such an attractive and delicate way? Maybe people find these little glass traps attractive; personally, I find it repugnant that such items were being sold there. It completely undermines the ecological message this organisation is promoting. Search their online shop for words like slug, insecticide, killer, pest, or trap and you'll find nothing else being sold to destroy wildlife in your garden. So why these wasp traps? Is it because they're pretty, and they sell well? Or maybe they just didn't think it through.
|An unconvincing justification for |
you to buy one of The Eden Project's
pretty glass wasp-killing traps.
When large organisation with conservation ethics at their heart get something wrong, it’s heartening to know that just the tiniest of nudges can sometimes get them to rectify their mistakes.
Let's hope The Eden Project will do this.
Twitter saves wasps from death by drowning
In 2011 a single tweet of mine set in motion a change of heart at The National Trust. I had become frustrated with seeing these same colourful wasp traps being sold in every National Trust property I visited. It seemed wrong, and something had to be done.
Meanwhile I tweeted to @Buzz_dont_tweet (aka the charity 'Buglife') which soon got their CEO, Matt Shardlow, writing to Helen Meech, the Assistant Director of External Affairs at The National Trust.
@edenproject As an environmental organisation, how do you justify the sale of wasp-killing traps? Whose decision is it? http://ow.ly/erprz
I hope to report back on their response soon.
If you really want a trap from The Eden Project, my kids were delighted when we came away with this instead.