Wildflower field

Helping pollinators - what councils can do

What is the role of councils?

One of the main threats to wild bees and other pollinators is loss of natural habitats. We can all play a part in creating or protecting green spaces - whether it's the government, business or people like you.

Thanks to Friends of the Earth and other organisations, the government launched the National Pollinator Strategy in 2014 to reverse the decline of pollinating insects.

At a more local level, councils can also play a critical role in habitat protection, restoration and creation.

Council guide to pollinator action plans

A pollinator action plan provides councils with an opportunity to review current management of parks and other green spaces. Often it's a chance to identify new, more attractive and potentially cost-saving opportunities.

If you work for a council, find out what the key features and benefits of a pollinator action plan are, and learn from councils that are leading the way.

Ask your council to put pollinators first

As a resident, you can really influence council priorities - especially when there are benefits for wildlife and people.

You can show how concerned you are about the decline of bees and other pollinating insects, and why you believe it's important for councils to adopt a pollinator action plan.

Inspire your council to create habitats that for years to come will support wild bees, butterflies, moths, hover flies, beetles, wasps and other wildlife.

Case studies: pollinator-friendly councils

A growing number of councils are developing pollinator action plans.

The South West has shown real enthusiasm. Cornwall, Devon and Dorset have committed to measures such as adapting mowing regimes to encourage wildflowers, and banning the use of bee-harming pesticides on council-owned land.

In Wales, Torfaen has committed to protecting pollinating insects, as have Conwy and Monmouthshire, which have achieved Bee Friendly accreditation.