LocationCounty: Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria
Nearest town or settlement: North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Contact detailsOrganisation: North Pennines AONB Partnership
Website: Nectarworks on North Pennines AONB website
PartnersNatural England, farmers & landowners. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northumbrian Water.
Nectarworks was launched by the North Pennines AONB Partnership in May 2013 and will run until March 2017. The project aims to enthuse, educate and enable communities to take action for bumblebees and other pollinators by restoring and increasing flower-rich habitats across the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The North Pennines boasts some of the most beautiful flower-rich upland hay meadows in the United Kingdom. In times past, every hay field was a mix of colourful flowers and nodding grasses. Over the years our countryside has changed and once commonplace plants have now retreated to field edges, uncut steep banks, river banks and roadside verges. Largely ignored, we are in danger of losing these flower-rich areas as they scrub over or are damaged through lack of management. To help look after and enhance these valuable habitats we are:
To bumblebees and other nectar-feeders areas rich in wildflowers and school or community nectar gardens are the same – vital sources of pollen and nectar. Over the four years of the Nectarworks project we are:
North Pennines AONB Partnership