The Wildlife Trusts protect, champion and act for wildlife and wild places on land and at sea. We are a movement of more than 800,000 members, 40,000 volunteers, 2,000 staff and 600 trustees.
Our mission is to bring about Living Landscapes, Living Seas and a society where nature matters. A Living Landscape is a recovery plan for nature to help create a resilient and healthy environment rich in wildlife.
Pollinators play a crucial role in a Living Landscape. They sustain biodiversity by pollinating a wide range of crops and wild plants. Despite their value, pollinators are under increasing pressure from insensitive land use which is causing habitat loss, a decrease in plant species, and declines in bee health due to the intensive application of chemicals.
As a part of the Greener UK coalition, The Wildlife Trusts are calling on the Government to secure a sustainable future for our countryside. We want to see nature everywhere, not just in protected areas, and for the right actions to take place at the right scale – from whole catchments to single fields. Farmers and land managers can play a huge part in this by providing wildflower rich meadows and field margins rich in plants that provide nectar and pollen.
Since 2013, The Wildlife Trusts has been a part of a group of 11 leading environmental charities who joined forces to form the Bee Coalition. We use our combined voice to raise awareness of the plight of pollinators, to call on the Government for action and to promote pollinator-friendly farming practices.
Across the UK, The Wildlife Trusts are working hard for pollinators on land they own and manage. We also encourage others to be more pollinator-friendly through advice and partnership. We visit schools and communities and campaign to help raise awareness and educate people about what they can do to support pollinators. Here are just a few of the inspiring projects Wildlife Trusts are involved in:
- At Stirley Community Farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust showcase the ways that farming can support the development and maintenance of wildlife-rich landscapes, buzzing with pollinators, on a grand scale.
- Gwent Wildlife Trust teamed up with farmers, landowners, conservationists such as Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the public to save the rare Shrill Carder Bee from extinction.
- Avon Wildlife Trust are urging people to ‘Get Bristol Buzzing’ as a part of their My Wild City Project. Eight organisations, including the University of Bristol, Buglife and Bristol City Council, have come together to develop and implement the Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy.
- Wild About Gardens Week is a joint initiative by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts. This year it will launch in the spring, and we will be calling on people to bee-friendly in theirs gardens throughout the year. Visit the WAGW website for more information.