It is important to raise awareness of the significant positive impact these critters have on our environment and to guide and support our islanders on how to protect their habitats. By working together we can save our endangered pollinator population. This project is narrated by local conservationist Bob Tompkins.
It’s as simple as this! Pollinators (bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, ants, thrips and earwigs) move between flowers and unwittingly spread pollen, enabling plants to produce many of our favourite fruits, seeds and new plants. This invaluable service is made possible by ensuring insect pollinators flourish in protected environments. Find out how you can play your part in protecting our pollinators.
Local pollinators are under threat due to…
Loss of habitat and changes in land use
- 80% reduction in earth’s wild plants.
- 97% of Britain’s wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s.
Increase of chemicals in gardening and farming
- 88% of our world’s flowered plants rely solely on pollinators to reproduce.
- 1500 different insect species play a role in pollinating plants and trees in the UK.
Changes to life as we know it…
- 75% of our crops benefit from pollination. This includes fruits such as apples, grapes and strawberries as well as seeds, coffee, chocolate and baked beans!
- 1 in 3 mouthfuls of our food is provided through pollination.
- £690,000,000 UK crops are pollinated by insects each year.
- 1,500 different insect species play a role in pollinating plants and trees in the UK.
It’s easy to help! Share the Snap Pollinator Project animation to ensure the future growth of pollinators and flower power.
Do you have a garden, empty yard or spare window sill? Create pollinator friendly habitats by:
- Growing pollinator friendly plants and trees
- Installing bug holes and bee boxes
- Monitoring pollinators in your local area
- Cutting your grass less often
- Leaving part of your garden to grow wild
- Reducing your use of pesticides and chemicals
Pollinator Project Partners