Achieving more for nature

Your land

Whether you have a small garden, 10,000 hectares of farmland or you are interested in making the development in your town better for nature there is something in this section for you.

Pollinators

Insect pollinators are worth millions of pounds to UK food production and provide a vital service to the agricultural sector, helping to increase crop productivity and quality.

Pollinator declines are well documented and a range of factors have led to reductions in both overall numbers and diversity of species. Many farmers, particularly fruit growers, rely on domesticated honeybee colonies to provide the pollination services required. These managed hives are not without risk or cost implications and there is growing recognition of the need to support wild pollinators – not just bees but other insects including hoverflies, wasps, moths, beetles and butterflies.

In 2015, Defra launched its National Pollinator Strategy setting out a 10 year plan to help support bees and other insects and ensure that the needs of pollinators are an integral part of land and habitat management. These needs include the provision of:

  • Food – sources of pollen/nectar
  • Nesting sites
  • Overwintering sites

To support the strategy, Defra also made a series of grants available to Local Nature Partnerships for pollinator initiatives and in recent years the Nature Partnership has been successful in securing match funding for two different projects: Assessing the impact of increased maize cropping on pollinators and Increasing wild pollinators on your farm: a low cost approach.