Bees Needs’: Research and National Case Studies

Buglife’s B-lines

B-Lines are a strategically mapped nationwide network of potential wildflower habitat designed to help restore our declining populations of bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating insects.  These rivers of wildflowers will criss-cross the country from the South West to the North East enabling pollinators, and other wildlife, to move across the landscape.

Read more about B-lines here.

Polli:Nation is a UK wide initiative supporting pupils from 260 schools to turn their school grounds and other local walk-to spaces into pollinator friendly habitats. 

Sustainable Management of Orchard Pollination Services (SMOOPS)

A SMOOPS project flower margin in full bloom in Kent (Photo by Nadine Mitschunas)

Insect pollinators provide a vital ecosystem service pollinating UK crops. Apples are an important component of the UK horticultural industry and provide high value nutritious locally produced food with insect pollinators contributing more than £92M p.a. to UK apple production… 

Resilient Pollinators

Bumblebee and hoverfly

Pollination is a key input in UK crop agriculture, underpinning around half a billion pounds worth of crop productivity each year. However, populations of pollinators are threatened by changing land and management practices. Managing the landscape in a more pollinator-friendly way is complicated because of a lack of information on where pollinators are likely to be and where they are most valuable… 

PoshBee (Pan-European assessment, monitoring, and mitigation of stressors and the health of BEEes

Click here to read the Posh Bee case study PDF.

Harmful or healthy? Studying how chemicals in nectar and pollen affect bees

Insect pollination services are globally important. 75% of crops require pollination, and as many as 90% of all flowering plants are animal pollinated and are therefore dependent on pollinator foraging. However, there is strong evidence of declines for some wild pollinators in the UK and around the world due to both man-made and natural pressures, with potentially severe impacts on agricultural productivity and natural ecosystem function. Understanding these factors is increasingly urgent, given the recent emergence of new parasites and diseases in pollinators… 

Sainsbury’s Bee Happy

Since 2006, Sainsbury’s has been working with customers, colleagues and suppliers to create bee-friendly, sustainable habitats as part of its Bee Happy programme. Click here to read the full case study as a PDF.

Jordans Farms Partnership

Farmers who grow oats for Jordans Cereals are part of the Jordans Farm Partnership – a unique collaboration of Jordans farmers, The Wildlife Trusts, Linking Environment And Farming and the Prince’s Countryside Fund. Click here to find out more!

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