Managing your land for bees

Bumblebees are hard-working and versatile pollinators, providing an important service to agriculture. The yields of many commercial crops, such as tomatoes, peas, apples and oilseed rape benefit from bumblebee pollination.  They are also key to maintaining our biodiversity as so many wild plants depend upon them for pollination.

Bumblebees’ favourite habitats include wildflower-rich meadows and pastures, pollen and nectar-rich field margins, orchards, hedgerows, ditches, brownfield and industrial sites, heathland and coastal strips. Sensitive management of these habitats is essential to help bumblebees survive in the long-term.

For generic information on managing your land for bumblebees, click here to download our factsheet.

Alternatively, select one of the options from the left hand menu. Please be aware that each site is unique and the recommended management approach will depend on local site conditions and the historical or traditional management regime. For site-specific advice, please contact your local BBCT Conservation Officer – advice@bumblebeeconservation.org.

Funding options

Scotland: Although the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is closed there is still some assistance available for designated sites. To keep up to date with the latest information please click here - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP

Wales: Although Glastir is closed there is still some assistance available for designated sites. To keep up to date with the latest information please click here - http://wales.gov.uk/topics/environmentcountryside/farmingandcountryside/farming/?lang=en

England: Environmental Stewardship is currently in a transition phase, there may be some schemes open to applicants please check here for information - http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/farming/funding/es/default.aspx

Northern Ireland: For further information please click here - http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index/grants-and-funding/common-agricultural-policy-reform.htm

“Bumblebees are one of the most endearing insect visitors to any garden. Their furry, colourful bodies and clumsy flight always raise a smile, but they also do an essential job. Without their pollination services many flowers would produce no seeds, and fruit and vegetable yields would suffer.”

Toby Buckland
TV gardener

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