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Ministry of Justice

Buglife and the Ministry of Justice have joined forces to help conserve the UK’s wild insect pollinators.  As part of its Year of Pollinators 2016 the Ministry is aiming to make its estate more pollinator friendly by creating new areas of wildflower-rich grasslands and other habitats. This work will also help deliver key actions outlined in the National Pollinator Strategy for England.

By working together Buglife and the Ministry of Justice will provide new food and nesting resources across the country.  Much of this work will be targeted within the B-Lines network - a network of flower-rich pathways crisscrossing across our countryside, towns and cities.  By making areas of land or buildings within the B-Lines more pollinator friendly, pollinators will be able to move more easily around the countryside as they look for food, or as they need to move as the climate changes

With help from guidance produced by Buglife, every part of the Ministry’s Estate is being encouraged to do something for pollinators, whether this be simply erecting a bee hotel, planting up a wild herb bed or cutting grass less and allowing buttercups and dandelions to flower. Parts of the estate which have more land are being encouraged to look for opportunities to create new wildflower meadows or create nesting areas for bees.

The aim is to provide lots of small areas of pollinator habitat which when added together and developed along the B-Lines will make a real difference. We hope this challenge taken up by the Ministry will also be taken up by other government departments, local authorities, businesses, farmers and the general public.