It advises that there are "five simple actions you can take" to help make the environment more friendly for bees, butterflies, moths and other insect pollinators.
- grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
- let your garden grow wild
- cut grass less often
- don’t disturb insect nests and hibernation spots
- think carefully about whether to use pesticides
In a recent YouGov poll, almost a quarter of English adults (24 per cent) said their household had planted pollinator-friendly plants in gardens or window boxes to encourage pollination. A fifth had let areas of their garden grow wild to give bees enough nectar and pollen.
The campaign coincides with Bees’ Needs week which is running from 9 to 17 July.
- 1500 species of insects pollinate plants in the UK, including bumble bees, honey bees, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths
- 25 species of bumble bee, 260 species of solitary bee, one honey bee species and hundreds of types of hoverflies, butterflies and moths live in the UK
- 70 of the 100 crop species that provide 90 per cent of food worldwide are pollinated by bees
- £600m is the estimated value of insect pollination to crops due to increases in yield and quality of seeds and fruit
- 6.5kg of ‘Whitehall Honey’ produced by the first yield from Defra’s beehives in 2015