Nominations for the Bees’ Needs Champions Awards are now open. We’re looking for parks, greenspaces and farms that have done something amazing for pollinators.

Bees’ Needs Week

Bees' Needs Week 2019

Bees’ Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

Bees’ Needs Week is a campaign from 13-19 July to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

As a result of Covid-19, we celebrated Bees’ Needs Week online in July 2020. A host of organisations shared ways in which everyone can continue to help bees and other pollinators close to home.

In 2019, London’s world-famous shopping destination was renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ during Bees’ Needs Week and transformed into a hive of activity.

The iconic Carnaby Street arch was given a bee-themed makeover and a popup ‘Hive’ opened at 3 Newburgh Street, London, with a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks.

For media enquiries, please contact the Defra press office on 020 8225 7318.

Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens. Bees’ Needs Week is a great opportunity for you to find out more about how important pollinators are and how you can support them.

Whether you are a farmer, a gardener, or a manager of urban or amenity spaces, there is something you can do to help support our valuable insect pollinators.

There are five simple actions you can take to help pollinators and make sure their populations are sustained:

  1. Grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
  2. Let your garden grow wild
  3. Cut your grass less often
  4. Don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

Take a look at these case studies which are fantastic examples of the 5 simple actions being put into action. Spend 10 minutes in the sun to count insects for the UK’s Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS)or read our information sheets to learn more about what you can do.

Although PoMS 1km square field surveys have been suspended until further notice, you can still carry out Flower-Insect Timed counts as part of PoMS in your garden, balcony or window box and outside of your own private property, as long as government guidance is followed at all times. Find out more on the PoMS website.

Here you can find more information and inspiration on ways to do your bit for pollinators:

Bees' Needs Champion Awards

The annual Bees’ Needs Champions Awards took place at the Wax Chandlers’ Hall in London on 18th November 2019, where Lord Gardiner, Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, presented awards to 33 of our 39 winners, who have all done tremendous work to help save and raise awareness about pollinators.

Bees' Needs Champion Awards for parks and greenspaces.

In partnership with the Green Flag awards, we are running our Bees’ Needs Champions Awards to recognise local authorities and community groups who help protect pollinators in parks and greenspaces.

If your local authority or community group has done something to help protect pollinators, we want to hear about it!

Your project does not have to be dependent upon a large financial investment; instead, it must simply bring improvement to the site, either through improving habitats and/or improving the user’s experience of the site.

The following criteria will be considered:

  • Dedication to supporting pollinators
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Promotion to others/awareness raising of Bees’ Needs
  • Evidence of beneficial impact to pollinators

Please include any evidence you can provide to show the benefit to pollinators or the success of your engagement work e.g. monitoring surveys, the number of attendees at events etc.

You can nominate your local authority or community group for a Bees’ Needs Champions Award by downloading and filling in this application form and sending it to

The closing date for nominations is Sunday 6th September 2020

The award is open to all local authorities and community groups in England.

Bees' Needs Champions Awards for farms

We’re working in partnership with CFE and the Nature Friendly Farming Network for this year’s Bees’ Needs Champions Awards to champion the good work of farmers in supporting healthy populations of pollinators in our farmed environment.

Entries are now open at CFEOnline. Send your completed Bees' Needs Farmin Champion Awards application form 2020 to by 30th September 30th 2020.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Dedication to supporting pollinators
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Promotion to others / awareness-raising of Bees’ Needs
  • Evidence of beneficial impact for pollinators

We encourage all entrants to include photos with their entries.

The award is open to all farms in England.

We are considering plans for the 2020 Bees’ Needs Champions Awards for schools and we still hope to open nominations later this year. We’ll provide more information on this page and on Twitter @DefraNature








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