Growers urged to respond to the National Pollinator Strategy proposals

Farmers and growers have until Friday, May 2, to give their views on the Government's National Pollinator Strategy.

 Defra’s consultation includes proposals for the management of farmland - so the department needs to hear growers' opinions to understand how the proposals would work for farm businesses.

The government’s vision is "to see pollinators thrive, providing essential pollination services and benefits for food production, the wider environment and everyone."

The strategy therefore aims to safeguard pollinating insects - given their important role in contributing to food production and the diversity of our environment through the pollination of many crops and wild plants.

There are some 1,500 species of insect pollinator in England. A few are managed, like honeybees and some bumblebees - but most are wild, including bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. 

The pollination job these insects do for crops alone in the UK is valued at over £430 million.

To respond to the strategy click here.

 


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