This project aims to establish connected nectar and pollen-rich sites along the Ayrshire coast, ensuring the long-term survival of pollinating insects in the area.
Pollinators are in serious decline across the UK. With over 95% of the UK’s wildflower meadows being lost in just the last 40 years or so, places where pollinating insects can thrive are now very restricted. Nectar gives insects energy to travel across the landscape so a lack of refuelling sites prevents this.
Around 84% of Europe’s crops depend on pollinators.
Without food and shelter, not only can these pollinators not reach the crops but they are also isolated from others of their kind. An isolated insect population is vulnerable because, if it declines for any reason, it cannot be boosted or replenished from a nearby colony.
The Nectar Network project came about through a group of Ayrshire businesses, golf clubs and their neighbours, who were already exploring sustainability together, deciding to take action to help pollinators.
Sites that have been improved for pollinators since the project began in 2013 include wildlife reserves, public greenspaces, woodlands, golf courses and industrial sites. The aim is to remove barriers to pollinator dispersal by filling in the gaps between existing flower-rich sites.