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Pollinators - why do we need a strategy?

Pollinators throughout the UK are in trouble for a variety of reasons and as a result a strategy to help address issues facing pollinators in Scotland has been developed.

The Pollinator Strategy for Scotland was launched in July 2017 and is the work of many partners.  Delivering the range of activities needed to achieve the common objectives we share means drawing together the expertise and enthusiasm of a wide range of organisations, government agencies and businesses.

The Pollinator Strategy for Scotland 2017-2027, and accompanying Implementation Plan, set out the actions needed to make Scotland a place where pollinators can thrive.

The Strategy's main objectives are to:

• make Scotland more pollinator-friendly;
• improve our understanding of these vital insects and the services they provide;
• manage the commercial use of pollinators to benefit native species;
• raise awareness of and encourage action to help bees and other pollinating insects; and
• monitor and evaluate whether they are thriving.

The Technical Annex sets out the available evidence relating to our main pollinators (bumble bees, solitary bees, honey bees and hoverflies) as well as the threats which affect them.

You can find out more information and advice in our Resources section where we list useful links to other web resources, information on our pollinator species, how to help with their management, and how to identify and record them.

We have produced a Progress Report showing the many activities taking place across Scotland to help our pollinators. From this baseline we will be well placed to share good practice, offer guidance, raise awareness and encourage further participation.

Our Pollinator Pledge

Our Pollinator Pledge commits SNH to help pollinators around its offices and grounds.

Here are a few simple things you might consider:

  • Variety - Aim to have a variety of plants flowering at different times of the year. The key period for your garden to be in bloom for pollinators is between early Spring and late Autumn. our planting for pollinators leaflet gives ideas on what to plant.
  • Mow less - Delay that first cut of your grass if possible. Allowing dandelions to flower, for example, is a huge bonus for emerging queen bumblebees.
  • Relax - Let a little corner of your garden 'go wild'. Unmanaged areas are potential shelter, hibernation or nesting sites.

Our vital pollinating insects need all the help they can get. We all have an opportunity to do our bit for them.

Find out more

Get involved
Gaelic leaflet - Ro-Innleachd Poileanachaidh do dh'Alba 2017 - 2027
Scotland's Pollinator blog
Scotland's Pollinator twitter