Traditional Orchards

Helping landowners to learn more about the orchards they own and how to manage them better.

Pollinator declines are well documented and a range of factors have led to reductions in both overall numbers and diversity of species.

Many farmers, particularly fruit growers, rely on domesticated honeybee colonies to provide the pollination services required. hese managed hives are not without risk or cost implications and there is growing recognition of the need to support wild pollinators – not just bees but other insects including hoverflies, wasps, moths, beetles and butterflies.

In 2015, Defra launched its National Pollinator Strategy setting out a 10 year plan to help support bees and other insects and ensure that the needs of pollinators are an integral part of land and habitat management. These needs include the provision of:

  • Food - source of pollen / nectar
  • Nesting sites
  • Overwintering sites

To support the strategy, Defra also made a series of grants available to Local Nature Partnerships for pollinator initiatives and in recent years the Nature Partnership has been successful in securing match funding for two different projects: Assessing the impact of increased maize cropping on pollinators and Increasing wild pollinators on your farm: a low cost approach.

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