Pollinator Awareness Week takes place this week, 13th-19th July, to bring attention to the essential needs of pollinators and the simple actions we can make in order to help our pollinators survive and thrive
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. They all have specific needs, and most require food in the form of pollen and nectar. They also need homes for shelter and nest building.
These days, as a result of the way our landscape has changed, not all insect pollinators can find the food and shelter they need.
The number of insect pollinators is highest in the summer, coinciding with peak plant growth and supplies of nectar and pollen. Pollinator Awareness Week is aiming to address the lack of food and shelter for the pollinators, showing us that by taking a few simple steps, we can meet the Bees' Needs.
Whether you are a gardener, a farmer, or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help our valuable insect pollinators!
Click here for information sheets for different land managers, to learn more about what you can do.
Here are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators.