Last week I met with Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust and the Sherwood Forest Trust at Oak Tree Health conservation area to discuss how to support the creation of wildflower rich habitat to help protect our wildlife, landscapes and food industry.
After helping to secure Government funding to develop,map and link pollinator habitat.The value of the UK’s 1,500 species of pollinators to crops is estimated to be £400 – £680 million per year due to improved productivity. Past losses of flower-rich habitats are known to have driven a loss of diversity in our pollinators, which is why this funding is vital to help protect their future. I am pleased that the government is taking action to support pollinators and that they have incorporated ideas from my Pollinator Bill within their plans. Providing funding for pollinator mapping and supporting the creation of wildflower rich habitat will help protect our bees and other insects including butterflies and moths. Todays meeting provided a valuable insight into how this mapping will help improve and increase the grasslands and wildflower areas especially after the recent fires on the Heath last year.
Dr Catherine M. Jones Pollinator Officer at Bugslife said “It was great to meet Ben at Oak Tree Heath and thank him personally for his support of pollinators and B-Lines. With the Government funding that Ben helped to secure, Buglife are mapping B-Lines across England and identifying opportunities to work with partners to create a network of pollinator friendly habitat across the country. The visit to Oak Tree Heath, Mansfield, part of East Midlands B-Lines, where we saw bees and other pollinators are visiting the wildflowers, provided an example of what can be done for pollinators and people”.