Managing farmland for pollinators

A NEW Farming Connect factsheet is now available which sets out simple steps that farmers can take to support populations of bees and pollinating insects in Wales.

POLLINATION: Bees play an important role.

POLLINATION: Bees play an important role.

Bees and other insect pollinators play an essential role in our food production and in the balance of our environment. In Wales they include honeybees as well as many types of bumblebees, solitary bees, hoverflies, wasps, flies, butterflies, beetles and moths. Farmers can take action to improve conditions for pollinators on their farms by providing more flowering plant species, and larger and better connected habitats.

The factsheet provides practical guidance on how farmers can:

• Take steps to improve habitat connectivity in the landscape,

• Provide different types of habitat and places to nest and breed, forage for food and hibernation,

• Ways of cutting and grazing of fields and hedges,

• Provide good plants for pollen and nectar as well as larval food plants.

Glastir includes many pollinator friendly options on farmland such as woodlands and orchards, hedgerows and field margins. The factsheet has been produced by the Pollinators Taskforce in Wales, in conjunction with Menter a Busnes.

To get a copy go to the website: http://farmingconnect.menterabusnes. co.uk/farmingconnect/fac tsheets

Alternatively a hard copy can be obtained by emailing farmingconnect@menterabusnes.co.uk or phoning 01970 636565.

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