Pollinating Your NHS Forest Site

Insect pollinators matter. Through pollinating wild and garden plants they contribute to biodiversity. By pollinating crops they provide variety in our diets. They are valued by YOU, the public.

At least 1500 species of insects pollinate plants in the UK including bumble bees, the honey bee, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths. All have complex life cycles and specific needs. Most require food in the form of pollen and nectar, and need a home for shelter and nest building. The number of insect pollinators is highest in the summer coinciding with peak plant growth and supplies of nectar and pollen.

As a result of the way the landscape has changed over the last 50 or more years, not all insect pollinators can readily find the food and shelter they need. So DEFRA, together with various organisations such as the Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth and the National Trust have put together a Call to Action national pollinator strategy that seeks to address this. It shows that by taking a few simple actions, together we can meet Bees’ Needs

Many of the NHS Forest sites keep bees including University Hospitals Birmingham and Public Health England at Colindale

If you are interested in pollinating your site and want some advice on what other NHS Forest sites are doing, please contact us and we will put you in touch. Alternatively if you are already avid pollinators, let us know and we will link to your site from this page.