BeeBristol and seven other organisations have come together to form the Greater Bristol Pollinator Network. We’re linking together existing and new projects that help pollinating insects under the Get Bristol Buzzing brand. This group works toward a joined-up approach to pollinator conservation in the Greater Bristol urban area.
5 Simple actions to help pollinating insects
This simple yet informative GBB leaflet is perfect for passing on to people you know who may need a few little tips of how they can help pollinators.
Feel free to download, print and share this in your community.
Grow your own pollinator-friendly meadow
If you can, either in your own back garden, verge or literally any green space you own or manage; create a beautiful wildflower meadow.
Unfortunately, due to a number of human related causes, like development, chemical use, pollution and changes to the way we manage farmland, we've lost 97% of native UK wildflower meadows.
Rich in pollen and nectar, losing these meadows has been a large contributor to the decline in our insect pollinators over the last few years. There are some incredible projects driving forward the replanting and maintenance of new areas of wildflower across the country and however, we will only be able to replenish these imperative food sources if we all work together.
That is why we ask that you get involved, take up your spade and create your meadow. Feed the bees that feed us.
**There is a mention in this leaflet about using herbicides to help you in your meadow creation. BeeBristol does not advocate the use of any chemicals however herbicides is a word defined as a concentrated substance so in this respect a herbicide you could use is vinegar.
Perfect (plants) for allotments
Research conducted by the University of Bristol's Urban Pollinator programme has highlighted the diversity of insect pollinators on allotment sites. This is down to allotment holders choosing a wide variety of pollen and nectar rich herbs, fruit and veg to grow.
Here's some inspiration for your plot! Have a sift through our 'Perfect for allotments' leaflet where you'll find some helpful ideas that include planting seasons and some easy to grow additions to any allotment :)
National Pollinator Strategy
Defra published a National Pollinator Strategy for England in 2014 to support pollinators across towns, cities and the countryside.
The Greater Bristol Pollinator Network partners have developed a local pollinator strategy for the Greater Bristol urban area, to unite organisations and individuals across the city.
Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy
Supported by Defra, we invited comments on a draft version via a public consultation and the final version was launched in March 2015 at the first Bristol Pollinator Forum meeting.
The aims of the Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy are to:
- Protect existing habitat and increase the amount of pollinator habitat across the Greater Bristol urban area.
- Raise awareness of the importance of insect pollinators among the public, business and private landowners.
We are inviting individuals and organisations to sign up to local strategy and become part of the Get Bristol Buzzing initiative.
Together we can collectively work towards improving urban greenspace across Bristol to help these important insects.
The Strategy’s aims and actions will be achieved via an Implementation Plan that will be reviewed annually. The 2016 Implementation Plan is currently under development following feedback from participants at Bristol Pollinator Forum meetings. Organisations signing up to support the Strategy will be asked to contribute information on the activities they are involved in that can contribute to the Implementation Plan.
If you’re an organisation or project is helping to conserve pollinators in the Greater Bristol urban area, why not sign up to support the local pollinator strategy and become part of the Get Bristol Buzzing Initiative? Contact us here for more information, our next meeting and a sign up sheet.