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Polli:Nation - Our Bees Need You!

Mon 21 Jul 2014

'Free' pollination by bees and other insects is worth over £400m** to UK agriculture each year but their numbers are in severe decline.

Polli:Nation is an  innovative project that will engage 260 schools to help transform their grounds into pollinator-friendly habitats.

Right now it needs your help! We are gathering messages of support and illustrating the need for this UK wide project. Please go to http://www.ltl.org.uk/pollination/index.php to take part in our online campaign which is rapidly gathering momentum.

If we are successful a network of young enthusiasts in the 260 schools will help by spreading knowledge and creating green 'stepping stones'  for pollinators. All schools in the UK will be able to apply to participate in the programme, which will be delivered by Learning through Landscapes and will enable teachers, children and volunteers to be trained to make the necessary changes to their school grounds to create habitats. They will be supported by biodiversity and landscape experts, developing their environments in a number of ways including planting insect pollinator friendly areas using pollinator friendly plants, building bug hotels and bee houses, planting night-blooming flowers to draw in moths, constructing bee-hives, as well as promoting changes to maintenance schedules, reducing pesticides and letting areas of the school grounds become wild.

Learning through Landscapes will be developing the Polli:Nation project along with other sector partners including The Field Studies Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation and the OPAL Network.

For any enquiries or information about how to get involved, send your emails to pollination@ltl.org.uk