• Pollinating insects are incredibly important in the production of most of the fruit and vegetables we eat.  Without these important workers, we wouldn’t have fruit like apples and pears , nuts like almonds and hazelnuts (no Nutella!); no beans or peas or green beans and no vegetables such as potatoes or cabbages.
  • There are over 4,000 different pollinator species in Britain including bees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths.  Whilst there are a lot of different species still left, an increasing number of species have become extinct in recent years and those that are still around have seen their numbers fall dramatically.

Coastal fringes, ponds, farmland, heath and moorland, towns and gardens.

Coastal fringes, ponds, farmland, heath and moorland, towns and gardens.

  • Plant for pollinators – grow nectar-rich flowers, shrubs and trees to provide for pollinators throughout the year.
  • Let your garden grow wild – leaving parts of your garden or grounds grow wild lets wildflowers and weeds grow that are great for nectar for adult insects, leaves and berries for larvae and caterpillars, and shrubs for insects to lay their eggs undisturbed.
  • Don’t use pesticides – most chemical pesticides kill off pollinators and other invertebrates which are food for other endangered species like hedgehogs.  Many beetles and spiders love to eat pests like aphids and are an important food source for other species.
  • Use the lawnmower less – let your grass grow longer and remove grass cuttings. This gives space for other species of plant to grow in your lawn and provide important nesting materials like moss.
  • Plant for pollinators – grow nectar-rich flowers, shrubs and trees to provide for pollinators throughout the year.
  • Let your garden grow wild – leaving parts of your garden or grounds grow wild lets wildflowers and weeds grow that are great for nectar for adult insects, leaves and berries for larvae and caterpillars, and shrubs for insects to lay their eggs undisturbed.
  • Don’t use pesticides – most chemical pesticides kill off pollinators and other invertebrates which are food for other endangered species like hedgehogs.  Many beetles and spiders love to eat pests like aphids and are an important food source for other species.
  • Use the lawnmower less – let your grass grow longer and remove grass cuttings. This gives space for other species of plant to grow in your lawn and provide important nesting materials like moss.