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New UK Pollinator Strategy in the Making

Public consultation organized by UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

Mar 21, 2014
Wild bee on a cherry blossom

Wild bee on a cherry blossom

The proposed strategy recognizes that there is much about bees and pollinators that we do not know.

It therefore proposes gathering evidence on both pollinator status and the impact of the different pressures, such as pests and diseases, loss of food sources and shelter, pesticide use and climate change.

It then suggests priority actions for 2014 onwards.

These key points include:

  • Nutrition: providing diverse and flower-rich habitats – not only on farmland and in villages but also in towns and cities, in parks and gardens and along transport networks
  • Health: controlling pests and diseases to ensure there are sufficient healthy bees and other pollinators to support pollination services
  • Awareness: setting up an education programme to improve awareness in businesses, other organisations and the public of the actions they can take to support pollinators.


The strategy document also looks at the potential pressure of insecticides on bees and other pollinators. It recognizes that they are only one among a multitude of such factors.

To ensure bee safety it proposes strict regulation of pesticides based on scientific risk assessment, encouraging their use in a sustainable manner, whilst promoting and increasing the uptake of integrated pest management (IPM) by farmers and growers

To access the UK Government’s proposed National Pollinator Strategy click here:  LINK

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