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 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? 

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.

Partners 

The Bee Together project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Yorkshire Water, and through generous donations from our supporters. We also work closely with many different groups in the community. Find out how your community group can get involved.

Heritage Lottery Fund

 


Help save our bees! 

60% of bees and other pollinators are in decline. You can help protect our precious pollinators now by making a donation or giving a Living Bouquet wildflower gift.   

 

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