A new factsheet is now available which sets out simple steps that farmers and growers can take to help halt the decline in bees and pollinators in Wales.
Bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in our food production and in the balance of our environment. Their numbers have been in decline due to a wide range of pressures such as intensification of land-use, habitat loss and fragmentation, parasites, predators and diseases, invasive alien species, use of pesticides and climate change.
The ‘Managing farmland for pollinators’ factsheet has been produced by the Pollinators Taskforce in Wales in conjunction with Menter a Busnes and it sets out some of the actions that could help. It provides easy to follow information, from simple steps that can help to encourage wild pollinators, through to getting involved in beekeeping.
The guidance includes advice on how to help reduce these pressures. Improving conditions for pollinators throughout agricultural land is a key area for action, by providing more flowering plant species, and larger and better connected habitats through:
Improving the habitat connectivity in the landscape
Providing different types of habitat, places to nest and breed, forage for food and hibernation
Ways of cutting and grazing of fields and hedges, and provide good plants for pollen and nectar as well as larval food plants.
Click here to read the factsheet