2. National Pollinator Strategy
The food industry in England is worth £100bn annually and forms the heart of our economy. Without pollinators such as bees, hoverflies, wasps, moths, beetles and butterflies, this industry would be in serious trouble. In 2014, a National Pollinator Strategy for England was released by the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs. This strategy aims to work out how to improve the state of pollinator populations in England and build up our understanding of why pollinator populations are declining. This 10 year strategy aims to deliver across 5 key areas:
- Supporting pollinators on farmland
- Supporting pollinators across towns, cities and the countryside
- Enhancing the response to pest and disease risks
- Raising awareness of what pollinators need to survive and thrive
- Improving evidence on the status of pollinators and the service they provide
Through this strategy, DEFRA would like to achieve:
- More, bigger, better, joined-up, diverse and high-quality flower-rich habitats (including nesting places and shelter) supporting pollinators across the country
- Heathy bees and other pollinators which are more resilient to climate change and severe weather events
- No further extinctions of known pollinator species
- Enhanced awareness across a wide range of businesses, other organisations and the public of the essential needs of pollinators
- Evidence of actions taken to support pollinators
At Buckinghamshire County Council, we are working to play our part in this strategy through our role in the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Natural Environment Partnership including reviewing our Roadside Verge Nature Reserves.
You can play your part by encouraging pollinators in your garden by providing native flowers for them to feed on and sites for them to nest in. There is also a wide variety of other ways in which you can encourage biodiversity in your garden, please see our page on wildlife gardening for more information.
Last updated: 16 January 2017