Habitats: Farmland & soil

Flower-rich habitats for pollinators

Wild flowers and pollinators

Evidence has been amassed identifying substantial declines in pollinating insects, which are vital for the pollination of many food crops. The vast majority of pollinators are wild species, not commercial honeybees. Particularly important groups are the hoverflies and bumblebees. The latter are vital for pollinating early Spring crops, such as fruit trees, as they work at lower temperatures than honey bees. It is also evident that flower-rich habitats in the countryside have also significantly declined, that decline is continuing and there is a clear link between the loss of our native wildflowers, declines in pollinating insects and other farmland wildlife. On a positive note, experience with restoring flower-rich habitats, such as species-rich grasslands, shows that wildlife will respond well.

Flora locale is therefore campaigning for the large-scale and rapid restoration of wildflower-rich habitats, especially in agricultural landscapes, but also in towns, where there are plenty of opportunities to improve the floral diversity of managed green spaces.

Flora locale training and other events

Creating and managing wild flower meadows for pollinatorsWed 28 June 2017,Morpeth, Northumberland
Managing woodlands for wildlife and sustainabilityWed 19 July 2017,Chippenham, Wiltshire
Seed collecting and use for restoration and re-introductionWed 19 July 2017,Wakehurst Place , Sussex

If you would like to suggest a new training event for this topic then please let us know.

Flora locale publications, guidance & documents on this website

Food, farming and conservation - issues overview   Introductory slides to seminar (Sue Everett, Flora locale, 2009)
Paddocks for ponies and biodiversity Advisory Note   (Flora locale, 2010) Printed copies available (email info@floralocale.org)
Grazing for wild plants and biodiversity; a Flora locale advisory note   (Flora locale, 2010) Printed copies available (email info@floralocale.org)
Welsh wild meadows newsletter Spring 2008   Flora locale Spring 2008
UK National Ecosystem Assessment   A major analysis of the state of UK ecosystems, the benefits provided by the UK's natural heritage and options for the future.

If you have a suggestion for a document or guide that would be useful for this topic then please let us know.

Case Studies on Flora locale's website

NectarworksRestoration of flower-rich hay meadows for bumblebees and other pollinators
Forest of Bowland hay time projectmeadow creation and restoration
Meadow Life - Cumbria's hay meadow projectA meadow restoration project working with farmers and smallholders
Restoring wildlife on farmsexternal web site Case studies and information
North Pennines Hay TimeHay meadow management & restoration

If you are aware of a project that would be a good Case Study for this topic then please let us know.

Insect Pollinators Initiative (BBSRC)
Buglife Habitats project: Farmland

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