RePollinate’s purpose is to conserve, and improve prospects for the UK’s threatened pollinators
How can we do this?
BUILD spaces for pollinators to thrive by working with community groups, organisations and businesses. Each space will be different and cater to the specific environment it lives within, to ensure longevity of these gardens and the wildlife they support. We will plant herbs, shrubs and trees and restore biodiversity as much as possible, with a special focus on pollinators. We hope these will be spaces that both people will enjoy, and pollinators will benefit from.
EDUCATE the public on the environmental importance of pollinator diversity, and how we can all help protect them. This will include running education programmes with schools on the life cycle of a range of pollinators, and the importance of pollination. These will be interactive and will run throughout the school year. We will run courses on how to create your own wildflower garden.
ENGAGE the government to help develop strategies to protect our wildlife and guarantee a future for us all. We will also work with corporates to encourage better use of their land.
SUPPORT citizen science and scientific research around the protection of the environment. Not only will we donate to this research, but we will help promote and implement its findings
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 and/or seeds, which we, and other animals, eat. Some of the most effective pollinators include bumblebees, solitary bees, wasps, honeybees, 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 a range of habitat types to breed, nest and forage. Due to the expansion of urban areas, deforestation and loss of wildflower habitat, we are losing many of the spaces pollinators need to survive.
Pesticides – Weedkillers 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 a profound effect on our world and the life it supports. Broadly speaking, its effect on rapidly altering earth’s environmental conditions is resulting in wide spread declines in biodiversity as species are unable to adapt quickly enough.
RePollinate aims to alleviate the pressures on pollinators as much as possible through direct action.