There are at least 1500 species of insect pollinators in the UK? These are insects that help plants reproduce by carrying pollen from flower to flower as they feed. They include bumblebees, honey bees, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths.
Pollinators all have complex life cycles and specific needs. They need pollen and nectar for food and a home for shelter. They are all vital for pollinating our gardens, wild plants as well as our crops. Eco Sapien is an educational project created to illustrate the importance of biodiversity. Below, experts explain why bees are important?
On 4th November 2014 (updated 2015), Defra launched the National Pollinator strategy to support bees and other pollinators that are vital to the health of our natural environment and food industry. This major strategy aims to protect the 1,500 species of pollinators in England by creating bee and insect friendly paradises on motorway verges, railway embankments and forests. Through pollinating wild and garden plants these insect pollinators contribute to biodiversity. CIRIA aims to assist with dissemination of Bees’ Needs to brownfield site managers. Supporting Document
‘Beeline Cumbria’ is a brand new venture currently in development to provide local communities in Cumbria with expert help to create a variety of pollinator gardens. Our hope is that a daisy-chain of environmentally friendly pollinator gardens throughout the County will support and track our bees, butterflies, bugs, birds and other wildlife and help sustain the environment.
Additional aims of ‘Beeline Cumbria are to build knowledge of different pollinators and the different plants that attract them We also want to encourage local interest in biodiversity. And, we aim to support the development of eco-tourism throughout the area.
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