The Irvine to Girvan Nectar Network is a Scottish Wildlife Trust-led project that 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 since the Second World War, 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. Isolated insect populations are vulnerable because, if they decline for any reason, they cannot be boosted or replenished from a nearby colony.

The Nectar Network project began in 2013 when a group of Ayrshire businesses, golf clubs and their neighbours, who were already exploring sustainability together, deciding to take action to help pollinators.

Work has taken place to help pollinators at places including wildlife reserves, public greenspaces, woodlands, golf courses and industrial sites. The ongoing aim is to remove barriers to pollinator dispersal by filling in the gaps between existing sites that are rich in wildflowers.

Explore the Nectar Network

Get involved

The Nectar Network is a growing partnership which covers the coastal strip between the towns of Irvine and Girvan. There are lots of ways to get involved.

Become a partner

Nectar Network partners support the aim of the Network and follow the three principles at the core of this partnership:

  • Commit to managing a site or piece of land for the benefit of pollinating insects
  • Protect the health and well-being of pollinators when managing your site or piece of land
  • Raise awareness of and promote the Nectar Network whenever possible

Let us know if you have a site in our area that you think you could improve for pollinators, or if you already manage a piece of land within the area with pollinators in mind,

Donating to the Network

Funds and volunteers for the Nectar Network are managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. If you would like to donate funds, equipment or materials to the network, please contact us so we can distribute your gift within the partnership. Volunteers do everything from practical tasks on sites to providing expert advice to partners so we would love to hear from you if you feel you have something to offer.

More information

Follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

A series of videos has been produced by the project:

Hear about the Nectar Network’s work with Balsar Glen Farm on Radio 4’s On Your Farm.

To find out more about the project contact Lynne Bates by emailing


The Nectar Network is supported by The FairWays Foundation and NatureScot.

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