The Bee Together project aims to bring people together to help reverse the decline of wild bees and other pollinators, through engagement, education and practical conservation work.
According to the 2016 State of Nature report 60% of bees and other pollinators are in decline. Our ambitious Bee Together project aims to connect communities and landscapes to reverse the decline of wild pollinators. The project will bring people together to take action for pollinators through engagement, education and practical conservation work.
Why do we need Bee Together?
Bees face a wide range of threats, from toxic pesticides to climate change, however the most significant reason for their decline is the loss of wildflower-rich habitats. Declining pollinator populations is bad news for wildlife and people, with a third of the food we eat dependent on pollinating insects. If bees are in trouble, so are we.
- Half of our 25 bumblebee species are in decline
- Three of these bumblebee species have already gone extinct
- 60% of our moths and 71% of our butterflies are in long term decline
- Across Europe 38% of bee and hoverfly species are in decline
Protecting our pollinators
- Support pollinators on farmland
- Support pollinators across towns, cities and the countryside
- Raise awareness of what pollinators need to survive and thrive
- Improve evidence on the status of pollinators and the services they provide
- Influence decision makers
How will we achieve this?
Bee Together works in partnership with a variety of landowners, community groups and individuals to create and manage pollinator habitats.
We're working with Yorkshire Water to create six pollinator sites at Fewston, Swinsty, Thruscross, Embsay, Grimwith and Barden reservoirs. This will help protect and create pollinator habitat as part of a wider network, making a real difference for pollinators locally.
We work closely with a wide range of community groups, giving advice, support and training to help communities create and manage their own meadows, bee-friendly gardens and nesting areas. We also deliver activities like pollinator monitoring, collecting wildflower seed and planting pollinator friendly plants.
Our ‘Buzz stop’ events help to educate and engage people with pollinator issues.
We also provide training for volunteers in pollinator identification and setting up pollinator survey schemes.
The Bee Together project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Yorkshire Water and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund. Your donations and the support of many groups in the community are also vital in making this work possible.
Help save our bees!
With your support we can reverse the decline of bees and other pollinators. Find out how to donate or get involved in other ways here…