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.

Increasing wild pollinators on your farm

The Nature Partnership's study in 2016 into the impacts of increased maize cropping demonstrated the need for greater support for wild pollinators in the farmed environment. Despite the work of farmers and land managers pollinator numbers are continuing to decline.

Agri-environment schemes and voluntary measures play an important role in pollinator conservation but can require significant investment in both time and ongoing management and result in pockets of isolated good habitat.

In 2017, the Nature Partnership worked with farmers to develop a range of relatively simple, low cost measures to help support wild pollinators across the farmed environment.

The project

The focus of the project was to develop the measures in conjunction with farmers to ensure the end resource is practicable at the farm scale. To achieve this, the Nature Partnership worked with two clusters of Lincolnshire farmers: one in the Fens and one south of Lincoln.

Feedback has been gathered from farm managers throughout the project on the practical issues surrounding each measure to inform their development. A simple survey form has been designed to enable an assessment to be made of the amount of habitat already being provided on-farm and this was tested on each of the holdings involved in the project. Recommendations for improvements, based on the survey, were then put forward to each farm manager.

Monitoring of the implemented measures will continue in summer 2018 and the same survey form can be used to assess both habitat improvements and, in the longer term, changes in pollinator numbers.

Using the resource

A package of 24 measures to improve the wild pollinator habitat on your farm has now been produced and details can be viewed here. The measures have been designed to apply primarily to arable holdings across Greater Lincolnshire and further afield although this will depend on factors such as the character of the local area.

More detailed information on how each measure benefits pollinators together with tips on how to manage them is available here.

It is very likely that consciously or otherwise, you are already implementing some of these measures. Recognising these and valuing their contribution to pollinator conservation will help to ensure this continues to be the case into the future.

If it is not possible to implement each measure across the whole farm, try to identify areas of most benefit in particular those adjacent to, or linking with, existing habitats such as hedgerows, field margins or wooded areas.

  • Free, 30-minute phone consultations are available for farmers to discuss with the Nature Partnership how the low budget measures could be applied to their farm. To book an appointment, call 01507 528384 or contact the team.