Managing field margins

Following the widespread loss of wildflower grasslands, other habitats have become increasingly important for bumblebees.  Field margins can provide flower rich habitats and increase the diversity and connectivity across a farm.

Field margins provide foraging opportunities throughout the year when other habitats are not in flower, and can maximise crop yields by increasing pollinator populations. Field margins can also support nesting sites for bumblebees and a range of other wildlife.

There are many options for margin management including pollen and nectar margins, wildflower margins, cultivated margins and grass buffer strips.  These are managed with controlled cutting times and can often be funded through environmental stewardship schemes.

For more information on managing field margins for bumblebees, click here to download our factsheet.

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 Bumblebee Conservation Trust Conservation Officer – advice@bumblebeeconservation.org

"We are facing a fundamental problem with the decline of bees and other pollinators. They have an absolutely crucial role in pollinating many of our important crops - without them we will face higher food costs and potential shortages."

Professor Douglas Kell
BBSRC Chief Executive

View our Flickr
Bumble kids