Pollinator Awareness Week 13 – 19 July

15 Jul 2015

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership

A strategic priority for the NEP (Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership) is the promotion of and support for the national pollination strategy throughout Buckinghamshire. The pollination of wild and garden plants by insect pollinators make a disproportionate contribution to biodiversity across the county. Bumble bees, the honey bee, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths all provide pollination services, more than 1,500 species in total.

All they need is nectar, pollen and a place to make nests, this can be helped by, growing more flowers, shrubs and trees, let your garden grow wild, cut grass less often, don't disturb insect nests and hibernation spots and think carefully about whether to use pesticides.

Pollination is noted as an ecosystem under pressure in “Forward to 2020: Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Biodiversity Action Plan” Forward to 2020 published by the NEP in January 2015

DEFRA encourages everyone to support pollinators and this week of positive publicity is an opportunity to raise awareness of pollinator needs and encourage everyone to take action to support pollinators by following the Bees’ Needs advice which includes an animation highlighting the importance of pollinators, case studies and the actions that everyone can take to support pollinators.

Please take a look at the website Bees Needs website and look at the national strategy for more information.

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