Bees' Needs: pollinator case studies

(c) Andy Jones

Have a look at the links below to see case studies where these actions have been put into practice. Here organisations are helping pollinators to thrive and managing their land in a way which really values nature.

Brede High Woods

Since the Woodland Trust took over management, opportunities for bees have increased considerably, particularly through the creation and maintenance of open areas, some grazed areas, widening of rides and careful management of their edges. 

Christs' Hospital School

In February 2014, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust made a 'call to action' to schools to create a more pollinator friendly habitat. 

Schools with suitable land enquired as to how they could create bumblebee-friendly habitat. Christs' Hospital School in Horsham, Sussex, actively took up the challenge and created a meadow in 2014.

 

 

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard is an example of a community that has successfully mobilised itself for pollinators.

In 2012 South Bedfordshire Friends of the Earth set up the campaign 'Keep the Buzz in Leighton Buzzard'. Read more by downloading their case study. 


 

Stockley Park

In 2013 Marks & Spencers embarked on a project to give their Stockley Park Office a green-fingered makeover. The key aim of the 'Plan A' project was to positively impact the local environment. 

Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes

The town house here has a garden, and lends itself to initiatives such as 'Bee Tea', where the Women's Institute can engage with the public and raise awareness of both the problems facing pollinators and how they are helping to address these. 

Public Health England, Colindale

In Colindale, northwest London, Public Health England has been exploring the link between pollinators and wellbeing, as part of a programme to improve both biodiversity on site and the wellbeing of its staff.

Sainsbury's

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.  

Shapwick Heath, Westhay

Shapwick Heath is a 500-hectare wetland reserve on the Somerset Levels, managed by Natural England. It contains a diversity of habitats including wildflower meadows, drains and rhynes, damp woodlands and fen. 

It is historically a stronghold for the shrill carder bee and other rare species. 

 

Tata Steel, Scunthorpe

Brownfield sites can be havens for wildlife, supporting large numbers of rare and scarce invertebrates, including pollinators. Over half of our rare solitary bees and wasps are found on brownfield sites. One of these sites is Tata Steel.

 

Coppermills Water Treatment Works

In 2012, as part of their 'Wild about Thames' programme, Thames Water asked the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to survey a number of these sites. Two rare species of bumblebee were found, and Coppermills was one of two trial sites chosen for habitat improvement. 

Tregothnan Estate

The Tregothnan Estate is situated in Cornwall, south-east of Truro. Along with a private botanical gardens and arboretum, Tregothnan has an expanding commercial beekeeping operation. 

University Hospitals Birmingham

Since autumn 2013, 60,000 square metres of land across the site have been identified to enhance green space available for the wellbeing of staff and patients. Download the case study to read about how they proceeded to improve this. 

Wyre Forest 

The Wyre Forest Pollinator Project is a four-year programme being run by the Wyre Forest District Council Parks Department. The aim of the project has been to increase the available supply of nectar, to help pollinators within the urban region of Kidderminster. 

 

 

 

 

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