Aims of the Project
The Channel Island Pollinator Project aims to:
- Raise awareness of the genuine contribution we can each make to the enhancement of biodiversity by providing food and habitats for pollinators.
- Encourage the community to take action in their gardens, allotments, window boxes and balconies to make them pollinator-friendly.
- Work with schools, business, sports facilities and community groups to establish pollinator patches throughout the Channel Island.
- Persuade large-scale landowners, such as local governments, conservation organisations, utility companies, and managers of public and amenity spaces to plant flowers, shrubs, hedging and trees for pollinators as well as create and protect nesting habitats.
- Discourage the use of pesticides in gardens and other open spaces.
History of the Project
The Pollinator Project was originally setup as a Société Guernesiaise initiative by Barry Wells and Vanessa Crispini-Adams in Guernsey in 2017. The project really captured the imagination of delegates during the 2018 Inter-Island Environment Meeting (IIEM), the theme of which was environmental partnership. Following the IIEM it was decided that the Pollinator Project was such a fantastic initiative that it should become a Channel Island project and be rolled out across the islands.
Numerous organisations and interested parties are now working in partnership to deliver the Pollinator Project across the Channel Islands. By all working together towards a common goal it is hoped that the current decline in insect pollinators in the Channel Islands can be reversed and their populations conserved and enhanced for the future.
Guernsey Project Partners and Sponsors:
- Guernsey Climate Action Network
- La Societe Guernesiaise
- Norman Piette
- The Channel Islands Co-Operative Society
Jersey Project Partners and Sponsors:
- Government Of Jersey
- Jersey Bee Keepers’ Association
- Jersey Biodiversity Centre
- Jersey Trees For Life
- La Societe Jersiaise
- Natural Jersey
- Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society
- The Good Jersey Life
- The National Trust For Jersey