Find out more information and advice in this section
These are useful links to other web resources, information on our pollinator species, how to help with their management, and how to identify and record them.
- Scotland’s Pollinators
- Red mason bee
- Biodiversity begins with a B
- Honeybees (wild) in Battleby tree
- Inverclyde pollinator corridor
- The value of "weeds"
- People and pollinators
There a many different species of pollinators from bumblebees to moths and wasps. You can find out more in the Buglife Pollinators Identification guide.
- Buglife’s Species Management Information Sheets provide information relating to several different types of bees
- Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society (BWARS) have produced information sheets on a variety of bee species and on gardening for bees
- The Wildlife Trusts Guide to Solitary Bees in Britain is a very good introduction to this group of pollinators
- All about Hoverflies offers a useful introduction to the biology and ecology of these pollinators
- Butterfly Conservation Scotland has identification guides and information on species and habitats
- Butterfly Conservation's 'Moths Matter' campaign shows how moths are a part of pollination
- UKmoths provides a picture guide to the moths of GB and Ireland
- Wasps and hoverflies leaflet
Pollinators in Planning and Construction
We have a brief guide for the development sector providing information on how best to fit pollinators into the design and construction processes. The aim is to support high quality developments which benefit businesses and are compatible with nature. There are easy to follow steps to suit all project budgets, sizes and ambitions.
Gardening and Habitat management
- Promoting pollination with bee houses
- Wild bees of Scotland identification guide
- Battleby Wildflower Meadow and Pollinator Trail leaflet
- Planting for Pollinators leaflet
- Buglife's Gardening for bumblebees and Gardening with bugs in mind contain much information on good practices, pollinator species and recommended plant species
- BBCT's Bee kind tool helps gardeners to evaluate whether the flowers in their garden are bee friendly
- RSPB’s Gardening for Wildlife information is great pollinators as well as other wildlife
- The Wildlife Trusts also offer a range of wildlife gardening information and guidance
- The All Ireland pollinator plan has supplied useful resources in the form of 'how to' guides
- The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has produced a practical guide: Habitat Creation and Management for Pollinators
- Bumblee Conservation Trust’s Pollinator Advisory Sheets give advice on agriculture, gardens, industrial sites and green space, transport corridors, urban environment and woodlands
- Buglife’s B-Lines Hub
- Butterfly Conservation Gardening with butterflies and moths in mind
- If you are managing a patch of land for pollinators by allowing the grass to grow you might want to let people know that you are managing the area for wildlife. Our downloadable sign will help provide this information.
If you are managing a patch of land for pollinators by allowing the grass to grow you might want to let people know that you are managing the area for wildlife. Our downloadable sign will help provide this information.
- Farming for Bees, Friends of the Earth
- Farm Advisory Service pollinator guides
- Pollinators and Farming, Buglife
- Advice on attracting pollinators from SRUC
SRUC have the following top tips to help pollinators thrive on farms:
- Leave rough areas, banks, hedges, dykes, ditches and field margins undisturbed to provide cover and shelter
- Provide a diversity of plants to benefit a wide range of pollinating species and ensure a continuous supply of sugar-rich nectar and protein-rich pollen from March until September. Plants include clovers, vetches, Phacelia, knapweed, teasel and cornflower
- Complete an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan to ensure pesticide and fertiliser applications are minimised by using crop rotations, choosing resistant varieties and using pest thresholds.