Britain could create “Insect Corridor” to Protect Pollinators
More than two thirds of Britain’s pollinators – such as bees, butterflies and moths – are currently in decline. And there are 35 species of native bees that face extinction. In a bid to protect these pollinating insects, the “Protection of Pollinators Bill” was presented to the House of Commons this month.
What is the “Protection of Pollinators Bill”?
The “Protection of Pollinators Bill” calls for councils, landowners and the public to help in creating an insect corridor throughout the whole of the UK. This wildlife-friendly highway would increase the habitats insects have available to them. It would also allow them to spread freely around the country.
The insect corridor would be created by giving over waste ground to wildflower meadows. Roadside verges and areas of public grassland would also be left to grow wild. The charity Buglife, which is already working with the government’s Environment Agency, have started to introduce “B-Lines” – insect pathways that will form the basis for the new national scheme.
Why are Insect Corridors so Important?
MP Ben Bradley introduced the bill in Parliament. He said that pollinating insects are facing numerous challenges. Farming, pesticides, the expansion of urban areas and climate change are all taking their toll on our pollinators.
“They need food, water, shelter and nesting areas,” he said, “As well as the ability to roam far and wide - as they would naturally without the barriers placed in their way as a result of urban sprawl.”
Insect corridors could help to revive insect populations. They’d be beneficial to humans too. We rely on bees, butterflies and moths to pollinate our flowers and food. And a little more green space is good for our own wellbeing.
What you can do to Help Pollinators
We still don’t know whether the “Protection of Pollinators Bill” will become government policy. But while we wait to find out, you can do your bit to protect the pollinators in your garden. Here are a few things you can do to make your garden more welcoming to insects:
- Plant pollinator-friendly flowers. They should be rich in nectar and flower throughout the spring, summer and autumn.
- Leave areas of your garden to go wild. Overgrown grass and wildflowers provide a great habitat for pollinators.
- Provide hidey-holes and insect nests for your garden pollinators. They look for cosy spaces in which to hide from predators, lay their eggs and hibernate.
- We have a selection of boxes to support wildlife: Birds and the Bees Gift Box and our Butterfly and Bug Lovers Gift Box
Pollinators are important for our gardens and the wider ecosystem. Insect corridors could help them to overcome current threats to their survival and thrive once again throughout the country.
- Nikki Boxwild