Actions for Pollinators
The World Bee Project posts this content as a contributing stakeholder to the National Pollinator Strategy along with many other organisations and individuals.
In the UK we have around 270 species of bees, just under 250 of which are solitary or 'wild' bees. We also have 59 species of butterflies and 2,500 species of moths.
"Insect pollinators contribute to biodiversity through pollinating wild and garden plants. By pollinating crops they provide variety in our diets.
All in all, we have at least 1500 species of insects pollinating plants including bumble bees, honey bee, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. All have complex life cycles and specific needs. Most pollinators require food in the form of pollen and nectar, and need a home for shelter and nest building. The number of pollinators is highest in the summer coinciding with peak plant growth and supplies of nectar and pollen.
As a result of the loss of habitat over the last 50 or more years, not all pollinators can easily find the food and shelter they need. Defra seeks to address this, and shows that by taking a few simple actions, together we can meet Bees’ Needs."
5 Simple Actions for Pollinators
What all of us can do
1. Grow more flowers, shrubs & trees
There are no hard and fast rules about which flowers, shrubs and trees to plant. We just need more plants rich in pollen and nectar in our gardens, balconies, allotments, farms, and in the landscape around our homes and across our towns and cities.
2. Let it grow wild
You can take simple actions to manage your existing land, green spaces and gardens to provide food sources and/or breeding places for pollinators.
3. Cut grass less often
Delaying cutting and removing vegetation in established lawns, verges, parkland, municipal parks and golf courses until after the majority of plants have flowered, will help to lengthen the time the area of grass and flowers can deliver nectar and flower resources for pollinators.
4. Don't disturb insect nests and hibernation spots
Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects, in places like grass margins, bare soil, hedgerows, trees, dead wood or walls.
5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides
Consider control methods appropriate to your situation and only use pesticides if absolutely necessary. Many people choose to avoid chemicals and adopt methods like physically removing pests or using barriers to deter them. If you choose to use a pesticide, always follow the label instructions.