Why are bees important?
As well as being widely loved, bees play a vital role in the natural world as pollinators. In addition to pollinating wildflowers and trees, bees and other insects help to pollinate our crops, and of course they do this free of charge!
It has been estimated that this pollination service could add £600 million of value to the UK’s crops every year, and that a third of the food we eat relies on bees for pollination. Without them, the cost of our food would undoubtedly rise, so bees are important to every single one of us.
What is the Scottish Wildlife Trust doing to help bees?
At the Scottish Wildlife Trust, we love bees and are working hard to save them.
As well as managing our network of 120 wildlife reserves in a way that allows wildlife of all kinds to thrive, we are actively involved with several projects to help give a boost to bees and other pollinators:
- As part of the Edinburgh Living Landscape, our Pollinator Pledge campaign is encouraging residents to use their gardens to help create a network of pollinator-friendly habitat across the city.
- We have been leading on the delivery of the Irvine to Girvan Nectar Network, which has seen the creation of large areas of pollinator-friendly habitat along the Ayrshire coast.
- We were one of 11 organisations involved with Save Our Magnificent Meadows, the UK’s largest partnership project to transform the fortunes of our vanishing wildflower meadows which are critical habitat for bees.
- We successfully campaigned for an EU-wide ban of three harmful neonicotinoid pesticides.