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Imagine trying to travel around Britain without our road and rail network. Or imagine if nine out of every ten miles of road just didn’t exist – life would be impossible! 

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Leanna Dixon

Well for much of our wildlife this is the reality - it is confined to tiny fragments of habitat and unable to move across the countryside as our climate and landscape rapidly changes. It has been predicted that 40-70% of species could go extinct if action is not taken to enable species to move through the landscape.

Update November 2015:B-Lines continues to gain partners and supporters and we are actively developing projects within the mapped B-Lines network. More information on these soon.

Don't forget to keep checking out our B-lines interactive map!

Why do we need action?

Our bees, butterflies and hoverflies have suffered badly over the last fifty or so years, due to changes in land use like intensive farming, urban spread and new transport links.

Over 97% (an area the size of Wales) of all flower-rich grasslands have been lost in Britain since the 1930s, reducing pollen and nectar sources and leading to a serious decline in the wildlife depending on wildflower-rich habitat.

B-Lines has the vision to help our native insect pollinators

The Government’s National Pollinator Strategy 2014 sets out a 10 year plan to help pollinating insects survive and thrive across England. The Strategy outlines actions to support and protect the many pollinating insects which contribute to our food production and the diversity of our environment. It looks to everyone to work together to help our pollinators.

Our B-Lines are already showing the way!  We are demonstrating how a joined-up approach can help conserve our native insect pollinators. We are creating a network of flower-rich pathways - The B-Lines across our countryside, towns and cities - linking together the best of our existing wildlife areas to benefit pollinators, other wildlife and people. And we need everyone on the B-Lines to help!

What are B-Lines?

B-Lines are an imaginative and beautiful solution to the problem of the loss of flowers and pollinators.  The B-Lines are a series of ‘insect pathways’ along which we are restoring and creating a series of wildflower-rich habitat stepping stones. They link existing wildlife areas together, creating a network, like a railway, that will weave across the British landscape. This will provide large areas of brand new habitat benefiting bees and butterflies– but also a host of other wildlife.

The Benefits of B-Lines

 B-Lines bring a range of benefits to wildlife, people and agriculture.

These include:

  • Helping conserve our native pollinators and a range of other wildlife and contributing towards the 2020 Biodiversity targets
  • Helping our wildlife respond to climate change by making it easier for them to move around
  • Increasing the number of insect pollinators and the benefits these bring to our farming sector (pollination being an important ‘ecosystem service’)
  • Bringing nature to people
  • Giving opportunities for everyone to play their part and help create the B-Lines network

Making B-Lines

 B-Lines aims to create and restore at least 150,000 hectares of flower-rich habitat across the UK. Making this happen will take time and will need farmers, land owners, wildlife organisations, businesses, local authorities and the general public to work together to create flower-rich grassland in the best locations.

 B-Lines have been mapped across the north of England. Along with conservation partners, land managers, businesses and local authorities, we are helping to fill the mapped areas with restored and new wildflower-rich areas. Further details on some of the projects can be seen on the B-Lines project pages.

You can see how the B-Lines  are developing on our interactive map. Please add your information so we can see how the B-lines are growing.

A number of organisations and local authorities are helping support develop the B-Lines through their own projects and initiatives, including Green Calderdale, Calderdale Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Nectarworks (North Pennines AONB), Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Sunderland City Council, Durham Wildlife Trust, Limestone Landscapes, Bowland Haytime- Nectarworks for Nectar (Forest of Bowland AONB), Meadow Life (Cumbria Wildlife Trust), Pennine Prospects, Natural EnglandCaring for God's AcreNorthumberland Wildlife Trust and Landlife

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