Five ways to get pollinator-friendly
At Eden our new Create a Buzz programme will be using art, science, imagination and evidence to raise awareness of the crucial of role pollinators in supporting us and the planet. Join us in exploring the wonderful world of pollinating insects and have a go at creating a buzz where you live…
1. Sit back and relax
Did you know you can be pollinator friendly by doing nothing? Even if you’re unable to get your hands on the pollinator friendly plants or seeds you can still do your bit. Simply leave a patch of ground or lawn to grow wild and use the space to investigate what happens when you let nature take its course.
2. Be curious and look closely
A collaboration of curious scientists from the Natural History Museum, Imperial College London, and The Earlham Institute are travelling back in time to understand the natural genetic diversity of bees in the UK over the last 100 years. They are using genetic material from museum insect collections and existing populations to look at how things have changed, including the impact of industrial agricultural practices. In the future, research like this will benefit from the ambitious Darwin Tree of Life project that will enable us to understand the genetic make-up of all species in the UK.
Fancy getting involved in some science yourself? All you need to do is make some time to notice the nature all around us. By understanding which pollinators are in our area it’s easier for us to ensure that their habitats are protected and they have what they need to thrive.
Join in with the Garden Butterfly Survey and record and share which butterflies are in your garden.
You may come across an exhausted bee! A bee in need could have just come out of hibernation or may not have enough energy to make it back to the hive.
Take a minute to understand when a struggling bee needs a helping hand with guidance from the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust. You’ll know what you can do and whether it’s best to leave it alone to recuperate, place it safely in a bee-friendly flower nearby, or give it a little pollinator pick-me-up.
Photo: Laura Snell
4. Build a pollinator-friendly home
Different insects like different types of places to hang out. Watch our film to find out what type of home suits what type of insect.
Already built an insect home?
For another fun citizen science activity to try out this springtime, Earlham Institute and Saviour Bees are asking people all over the country to answer a short survey on bee hotels to make sure that we are using them in the best way to help our bees. The results will help them guide best practice around bee hotel construction and placement and help scientists get a better picture of bee diversity. It's a great excuse to get out into the garden!
5. Plant a pollinators paradise
Life on this planet depends on plants and plants depend on pollinators – without pollinators we’d be in serious trouble. Grow nectar-rich plants in a pot or in a garden to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects, and provide a much-needed pit stop for them to move across our communities.
The Create a Buzz programme is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.