Pollinating insects are in trouble. Intensive farming, climate change, urban growth and the over use of pesticides have all been devastating to these insects. Two thirds of our butterflies and moths are in long term decline. Across Europe 38% of bees and hoverflies are also in decline. And yet, one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollination taking place. It is impossible to overestimate how important pollinators are to us.
With over 1700 of the island’s 6300 hectares of land designated as gardens, this is a massive untapped source for biodiversity. If garden owners “set aside” 10% of their properties for pollinating insects, this would add over 150 hectares to the ‘natural’ habitat of island – the equivalent of over 200 football pitches.
The Pollinator Project wants to ensure that urban areas make a genuine contribution to the enhancement of biodiversity.
Our aims are:
• Encourage the public to take action in their gardens, allotments, window boxes and balconies to make them pollinator-friendly or through other opportunities such as community gardening.
• Persuade large-scale landowners, including the States of Guernsey, utility companies, and managers of public and amenity spaces to plant shrubs, flowers and hedging for pollinators; as well as creating nesting habitats for bees and other pollinators.
• Discourage the use of pesticides in gardens and other open spaces.