The animals will Pass vzw and Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen are taken by surprise by the high number of pesticides to which they have been found in the dead-tits, which in their nesting boxes, and even did not have to leave.“In total, we found 36 different pesticides on a 95 mezennesten,” says Geert Gommers, an expert in Pesticides, the Association for Ecological Living and Gardening (Velt).

“this is a matter of concern. Mainly because of the tits, at most, two weeks old, and had never been outside of the nest had been there.”The researchers found among fungicides (substances against fungi), herbicides (against weeds) and insecticides (against insects). “What is remarkable is that we are in a 89 out of the 95 surveyed nests, DDT was discovered.

See also the no longer of the dead tits in the city: “Presumably as a result of the use of insecticides against the buxusmot’

The use of this insecticide has been in 1974, is officially banned in Belgium. “That’s the DDT after all this time, still, in our area, it is a matter of concern.”

“We are not happy with the results, especially since almost all of the nests, the one or more pesticides are present,” says Gommers. Only 4 of the 95 surveyed the nests, there were no pesticides found. “In one nest we found to be a mixture of two insecticides and six fungicides in return.”


from Last year, Velt vzw and Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen are significantly more reports of concerned citizens. A boy from the coal and blue tits lay dead in the nest box. At the same time, caused a lot of caterpillars of the buxusmot a lot of damage in gardens where pesticides have been used in order to address this issue.