Bee Together

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 along the B-Line from Leeds to Lancaster to take action for pollinators through engagement, education and practical conservation work.

Carder bee on meadow cranesbill Yorkshire Dales

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

Bee Together aims to:
  • 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? 

  • Creating and managing habitats with a variety of landowners
  • Giving advice, support and training in the creation and management of pollinator-friendly gardens and nesting areas
  • Delivering community activities including pollinator monitoring, collecting wildflower seed and planting pollinator friendly plants
  • Hosting ‘Buzz stops’, a series of events to educate and engage people with pollinator issues
  • Training volunteers in pollinator identification and setting up pollinator survey schemes

B-lines

B-lines are a series of pathways weaving through the country, along which Buglife and many other conservation organisations are creating habitat stepping stones. These lines will link existing wildlife areas together by creating and restoring wildlife patches that are rich in wildflowers. The Bee Together project aims to create an unbroken network of habitat for pollinators through both the countryside and urban areas across the country.

Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is working in partnership with Buglife and the Forest of Bowland AONB to deliver the Bee Together project along the B-line from Lancaster to Leeds, and has been made possible thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

Heritage Lottery Fund


Help save our bees! 

60% of bees and other pollinators are in decline. Make a donation or give a Living Bouquet wildflower gift today and help protect our precious pollinators.  

 

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