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Networks for Nectar

‘Networks for Nectar’ is helping to create a living network of nectar hubs for bees and other vital pollinating insects across the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Project aims

Delivered by YDMT in partnership with the Forest of Bowland AONB, this 18-month project aims to restore and conserve a network of small patches of species-rich grasslands, such as field corners, road verges, churchyards, school grounds, orchards, village greens and farmland.

Networks for Nectar will create ‘stepping stones’ in the nectar network, allowing pollinating insects to move from one nectar-rich habitat to another, effectively joining up some of the existing larger wildflower areas. It will benefit local populations of insects, birds and small mammals, and will provide many more opportunities for people to enjoy the iconic beauty of native wildflowers.

Back from the brink

Networks for Nectar not only facilitates hands-on restoration of wildflower habitats, it also provides financial support and advice on how to manage and maintain the mini-meadows in the future.

Globeflower

Picture: Networks for Nectar aims to bring back some beautiful and rare species like the Globeflower. Photo courtesy of Gaye Woollard.

The team are also hoping to bring some very special species of wildflower ‘back from the brink’ through careful propagation, including Greater butterfly orchid, currently only found at one site in Bowland, and Globeflower, which has also become very rare in the AONB.

Bumblebee

Achievements 

Networks for Nectar will continue until March 2016 and has worked with individuals, community groups, businesses, landowners and schools to create and manage a total of 25 nectar patches and 7 mini-meadows.

The project has also continued to build on the success of Bowland Hay Time
through which YDMT and the AONB worked with farmers and land owners to restore 35 hectares of wildflower hay meadows in 2014 and 2015.

Over the two years of the project our public events attracted 170 people, hopefully all taking the message home that everyone can do something to help pollinators.

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Funding

Networks for Nectar was funded by £27,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund.

Get in touch

For more information about Networks for Nectar please contact Sarah Robinson at the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or email sarah.robinson@lancashire.gov.uk