10 November 2015

Thousands help save the bees by signing up to the government’s National Pollinator Strategy

Thousands of people in the UK are signing up to schemes to create new habitats for bees and pollinators as part of the government’s National Pollinator Strategy. The scheme launched a year ago and the aim is to protect pollinators and promote their contribution to the economy and the countryside as they are vital, in order to do this a range of initiatives have been launched by retailers, schools and environmental groups to help pollinators flourish and to help raise awareness about the importance of helping the pollinators.

Schemes which have recently started because of this strategy include the conservation charity Buglife which with funding from the Biffa award has set up 800 ‘Urban Buzz’ hotspots. The charity hopes that by 2018 these hotspots will occupy around 200 hectares with the support from 800 volunteers and 4800 people in the creation process, they also hope to include a further 80,000 people through wider engagement. At this current time there are eight cities that have signed up for the strategy and plans will be unveiled at the end of November.

For the last two years, the supermarket chain Waitrose has been including the ‘Bees Needs’ logo on its pollinator-friendly plants like asters, cosmos and geraniums. The logo  sets out the five simple ways everyone can help pollinators. As well as support from supermarkets Defra has also provided £20,000 in grants to five Local Nature Partnership projects in Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Durham and Surrey. These projects aim to support schools and museums to develop pollinator friendly courses, promote ecological understanding and awareness of where our food comes from, create roadside habitats for our bees and butterflies and, ultimately, help the next generation become better connected to nature than ours is.

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