A call to action for our pollinatorsFriday 19 June 2015
Pollinator Awareness Week takes place from 13th-19th July to bring attention to the essential needs of pollinators and the simple actions that we can all take to help pollinators survive and thrive.
Insect pollinators matter. Through pollinating wild and garden plants they contribute to biodiversity. By pollinating crops they provide variety in our diets.
At least 1500 species of insects pollinate plants in the UK including bumble bees, the honey bee, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. All have complex life cycles and specific needs. Most require food in the form of pollen and nectar, and need a home for shelter and nest building. The number of insect pollinators is highest in the summer coinciding with peak plant growth and supplies of nectar and pollen.
As a result of the way the landscape has changed over the last 50 or more years, not all insect pollinators can readily find the food and shelter they need. Our Call to Action seeks to address this, and shows that by taking a few simple actions, together we can meet Bees’ Needs.