Providing for Pollinators
Bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinators are a vital part of our ecosystems. They are hard at work ensuring that 75% of the food crops we plant produce the fruit we want and that the many animal-pollinated plants, vital to healthy ecosystems and the landscape we all love, can survive. Recently you may have heard that populations of wild pollinators have crashed – alarming facts such as 1 in 10 pollinating insects in the EU being threatened with extinction. The causes of this decline are varied and inter-related but not fully understood; however, there is no doubt that we need to act now to halt and reverse this potential disaster. We need to provide food and habitat for pollinators, reduce pesticides which threaten their survival, get the message out to everyone who can make a difference and undertake research to learn how and why pollinators are disappearing.
What we’re doing
Earth Trust has a Programme of Activity in four key areas:
- Supporting pollinators on farmland
- Supporting pollinators in towns and the countryside
- Raising awareness of what pollinators need to survive and thrive
- Improving evidence on the status of pollinators and the service they provide
On the land that we care for and protect, our management techniques ensure that bees, butterflies and other wild pollinators can find plenty of food, nesting and overwintering sites, and good shelter enabling them to travel safely to forage.
We do this on our farmland by: planting a variety of crops, maintaining wide wildflower field margins, using grazing cattle to manage our meadows, and minimising our use of pesticides on our crops.
At our heritage sites and community reserves, we create hedgerow and woodland habitats for pollinators making sure there are wildflowers to provide the pollen and nectar they need for food, and habitat features which provide the nesting sites and shelter they need to survive.
By co-ordinating our efforts with the UK National Pollinator Strategy and other national initiatives such as BugLife’s B-Lines, Earth Trust will make a clear impact and positive difference to pollinator numbers. The success of our land management techniques demonstrate to other farmers and land managers what action they can take to improve pollinator numbers, without compromising on essential food production. For visitors to our sites, the importance of healthy populations of pollinators will be plain to see in the beauty and diversity of the plants, birds, small mammals and insects that can be encountered on a visit to Earth Trust.
How you can help
You can help Earth Trust protect and promote healthy populations of pollinators by making a one off donation or becoming an Earth Trust Friend. Your donation and Friendship will have a fantastic impact, enabling Earth Trust to halt and reverse declining pollinator numbers.
With thanks to
We are very grateful to the following for their support for our work protecting pollinators:
- Bartlett Taylor Charitable Trust
- Contraload Cares
- The Doris Field Charitable Trust
- The Henry C Hoare Charitable Trust
- PF Charitable Trust
- Pye Charitable Settlement
And to all the individuals who have donated so far.