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National Pollinator Strategy will help protect pollinator populations

November 4, 2014 8:30 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrats welcome the news that the government is taking forward a National Pollinator Strategy.

Between March and May this year, the government ran a consultation on its proposed strategy to protect pollinating insects. The National Pollinator Strategy aims to cover around 1500 insects species that have a pollinating role in England.

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These include many types of bees, flies, butterflies, beetles and moths.

As well as protecting these vital species, the pollinator strategy also includes an aim to boost awareness of the threats to pollinators and what people can do to reduce the environmental threats facing these species.

Liberal Democrats take the threat to bees very seriously as they play an essential role in the pollination and food production process.

That's why we support a five point plan to help create or improve habitats for pollinators.

Devised by the government, Natural England and the Food and Environment Research Agency, the plan calls for people to:

  1. Grow more nectar- and pollen-rich flowers, shrubs and trees
  2. Leave patches of land to grow wild
  3. Cut grass less frequently
  4. Avoid disturbing nesting or hibernating insects
  5. Think carefully about whether to use pesticides

We have a long and proud history of working to uphold biodiversity, protect wildlife and preserve our national environment.

You can back our campaign to protect the pollinator populations here.

It is essential that we safeguard the pollinator populations for the future, which is why we must understand and take action against the influences that cause these populations to decline.