RePollinate’s purpose is to protect and improve the UK’s threatened pollinator population.
How can we do this?
What are pollinators and why are they important?
A pollinator is an animal that moves pollen from one part of the flower of a plant to another. This pollen fertilises the plant causing them to make fruit or seeds, which we eat. Common pollinators include insects, bumblebees, wasps, flies, moths, butterflies and some beetles.
Did you know:
- Pollinators facilitate the reproduction in 90% of the world’s flowering plants and, worldwide, over half the diet of fats and oils comes from crops pollinated by animals.
- Without pollinators, the availability and diversity of fresh produce would decline enormously.
Why are pollinators in decline?
Loss of Habitat – Pollinators rely on their habitats to breed, nest and forage. Due to the expansion of urban areas, deforestation and increased land use whether for building or farming, we are losing many of these wild natural spaces pollinators need to thrive.
Pesticides – including weed killers can remove potential food plants and prey species for pollinators Pesticide residue can be picked up by foraging pollinators and taken back to the nest/colony, proving fatal for some and sometimes the entire group.
Climate change – As we have seen in recent years, climate change is having an astronomical effect on our world and it’s many species, often changing the environment which they need to survive. This rapid change in environment means that many species cannot adapt quickly enough, and as a result are declining.
At RePollinate, we want to reverse this before it’s too late.