Introduction

Pollinators are an essential component of the Welsh environment. Honeybees and wild pollinators including bumblebees, solitary bees, parasitic wasps, hoverflies, butterflies and moths and some beetles are important pollinators across a wide range of crops and wild flowers and help improve the productivity of pasture systems for livestock grazing. Twenty percent of the UK cropped area contains crops which are dependent on pollinators and the value of pollinators to UK agriculture is over £690 million per year. The value of honey produced in Wales is also considerable with a wholesale value in excess of £2 million in 2011. In 2017, they were 3,366 beekeepers registered in Wales.

There has been growing concern regarding the population status of insect pollinators, and in turn the pollination service they provide. As with most other areas of biodiversity, the main threats to pollinators include habitat loss, environmental pollution, climate change and the spread of alien species.

Pollinator

Action Plan for Pollinators in Wales

The Welsh Government has worked with industry and stakeholders to look in more detail at the evidence and issues around pollinators and their conservation in Wales. Following consultation, in 2013, an ' Action Plan for Pollinators in Wales' was launched setting the strategic vision, outcomes and areas for action to halt and reverse pollinator decline in Wales. A Pollinator Task Force comprising of key stakeholders is now active.

In 2018, the Action Plan for Pollinators in Wales was updated by members of the Pollinator Task Force. The overall aim of the APP remains relevant however a review to update the actions was needed to reflect; the Bee Friendly initiative, the UK National Pollinator Monitoring Scheme, bee health policy which takes into account the risks from an Asian Hornet outbreak, the ongoing and new work by APP Task Force members and new requirements arising from the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.


Action Plan for Pollinators Review 2013-18 and Future Actions


Bee Friendly

Bee Friendly

Bee Friendly is a brand new initiative aimed at communities and community organisations, schools, public bodies, town and community councils, businesses, universities and colleges, places of worship…….. and many other organisations, all around Wales.

We think it is the first co-ordinated national scheme of its kind and has at its heart – making Wales a Pollinator- Friendly country.

Although the scheme is called Bee Friendly, we want people to take action to help all our pollinators, and not just bees.

Whether you are a part of a Bee Friendly scheme, a member of one of our many supporter organisations or a concerned individual, take a look to see what actions you can take to make our world a little bit greener – discover the Bee Friendly Action Guide, FAQ, application form and plant list.
  1. Bee Friendly - Leaflet
  2. Bee Friendly Action Guide
  3. Bee Friendly - Application Form
  4. Bee Friendly - FAQ
  5. Bee Friendly - Champions
  6. Bee Friendly - plant list
  7. Polli:Nation Survey
  8. Managing the grounds of public buildings for pollinators

An update on progress of the Action Plan for Pollinators has been compiled by the taskforce in a series of downloadable info graphics.

  1. Pollinators for Life 1
  2. Pollinators for Life 2
  3. Pollinators for Life 3

Other Pollinator Work

Monitoring

Defra has published a research report, to derive a National Pollinator and Pollination Monitoring Framework (NPPMF) to guide future implementation by a range of partners, building on existing citizen science activity.

The report sets out a range of scenarios for strengthening monitoring, including sample size requirements and field methods tested for ease, repeatability and acceptability to volunteers

COBWEB Project: A project to recruit citizen scientists from the 3000+ inhabitants of the Penparcau ward (Aberystwyth) to record observations of butterflies and their food resources (larval and adult) using innovative mobile phone and web technologies is due to start in the spring of 2015. Building upon earlier test developments within COBWEB this sub- project was co-designed with Penparcau Community Forum to help record the butterfly species in the area to inform local management plans and increase interest and understanding of the importance of butterflies (and other pollinators) to the health of Wales' natural environment. Data collected in the course of this sub-project will be shared with biological record organisations (National Biodiversity Network, Local Records Centres) to support dissemination and use for a variety of purposes from planning to environmental research and decision making. Data collected will be utilised by Welsh Government to assess the suitability of modelled large scale pollinator resource maps to inform a range of policy questions.

Polli:Nation

The project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund is helping schools across the UK to protect the future of our declining pollinator populations. For further information and to sign up visit the Polli:Nation website

Nature Fund Projects

Keep Wales Tidy - Natural Buzz Project

This project aims to maximise multiple ecosystem services of currently undervalued green sterile spaces – mowed areas on industrial estates, school and hospital grounds, business parks and roadside verges and transform them into a blaze of wild flowers.

Torfaen County Borough Council - Pollinators for Life Project

This ambitious and innovative project aims to undertake a range of initiatives to promote long term sustainable land management and to improve habitats and conditions for all pollinating species across the South Wales Valleys.

More information on the Nature Fund Projects and contact details can be found here

Urban meadow

Urban meadow

Planting a Butterfly Border

Planting a Butterfly Border at Monnow Primary school

Hoverfly

Hoverfly (Xylota sylvarum)

Road Verge

The Pollinators Taskforce held two roadside verge seminars recently to compliment the seminars held in the spring of 2014. The key aims of the seminars were to promote good management of roadside verges to benefit pollinators. Well-managed road verges have the potential to act as wildlife havens supporting pollinators and other invertebrates, wild flowers and grasses in addition to acting as 'wildlife corridors' for many other species including mammals and herpetofauna.


Roadside Verge Seminar presentations 2017

  1. Buglife - Helping Pollinators Locally in Wales
  2. Monmouthshire County Council -Highway Verge Maintenance
  3. Dorset County Council- A new approach to highway verge management
  4. Plantlife - Flowers on the edge
  5. Welsh Government- Transport’s ‘Road Verges for Wildflowers’ Initiative
  6. Welsh Government- The management of roadside verges

Roadside Verge Seminar presentations 2014

  1. “Combine": converting organic material (cuttings) into storable biofuel - Rachel Smith, Colin Keyse
  2. Pollination and the fauna of roadside verges Clare Dinham, Buglife
  3. Ecosystem service benefits of roadside verges Shaun Russell, Wales Environment Research Hub
  4. The flora of roadside verges in Wales Stuart Smith, Natural Resources Wales
  5. Pollinators and road verges in Wales Mike Howe, Natural Resources Wales
  6. Management of conservation verges on the island of Anglesey Jane Rees, Wildlife Trusts Wales
  7. The management of roadside verges for biodiversity: an overview is there an optimal regime? John Hambrey, Hambrey Consulting

For enquiries about the work of the Pollinator Taskforce in Wales, please contact:

Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Branch
Land, Nature and Forestry Division
Welsh Government
Rhodfa Padarn
Llanbadarn Fawr
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3UR

Email: [email protected]

Species in Wales

Amphibians & Reptiles

Birds

Lichens

Terrestrial Mammals

Bryophytes

Invertebrates

Helping Wildlife

Wildlife Gardening