Bees’ Needs Champions Awards 2018

Community groups and local authority applications open until 3 October 2018!

If you or someone you know, as part of a community group or local authority project, have provided habitats and food sources for pollinators over the last two years, please complete this short application form and send it into us. Your project does not have to be dependent upon a large financial investment; it must simply bring improvement to a local area, 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

Bees Needs Application form 2018

Awards will be presented at an event in Kew Gardens in November. Good luck!

Bees’ Needs Week 2018

Bees’ Needs Week is an annual event coordinated by Defra, working alongside and involving a number of charities, businesses, conservation groups and academic institutions to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. It is part of the National Pollinator Strategy in England’s wider work for bees and other pollinators.

From 9-15 July, London’s world-famous shopping destination will be renamed ‘Carnabee Street’ and transformed into a hive of activity in support of the campaign. Come down to enjoy a host of educational and fun games, installations and talks.

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.

Read the latest press release here. The world famous Carnaby Street renamed 'Carnabee Street'.

Get involved on social media using #beesneeds. For media enquiries, please contact the Defra press office on 020 8225 7318.


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Academic partners include the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Bristol University, the University of Cambridge,  the University of East Anglia and the University of Reading.

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