Our pollinators are in decline! This message is coming from scientists, wildlife organisations and Government. Buglife Scotland has today released a new document that provides guidance for local authorities on how to help pollinators locally through a local pollinator action plan.
Local authorities across the country are being asked to use their regulatory powers and other functions to deliver, promote and enthuse others to participate in work which will benefit pollinators. Local authorities are well placed to make a significant contribution directly through land management and development control, whilst also providing leadership on this issue across their local communities.
A Local Pollinator Strategy or Plan provides an opportunity to review the current management of parks and other green space, often identifying new more attractive and potentially cost saving opportunities. Making changes will not only benefit pollinators but will provide higher quality public green space; helping to bring people closer to nature, with the health and wellbeing benefits this provides.
The development of a Local Pollinator Strategy or Plan provides local authorities with an opportunity to offer advice and leadership to local communities on an issue directly relevant to everyone, and which has the potential to improve the local environment in which people live. Developing and implementing a Local Pollinator Strategy or Plan shows commitment from the local authority that it is doing its part in conserving our pollinators and is accepting Government challenges to take action.
Paul Evans, Buglife B-Lines expert says ‘If we are to reverse the declines in our wild pollinators we need everyone to take action. Local authorities are well placed as major landowners, and also through their role in development planning, to make a significant contribution towards pollinator conservation. We are asking local authorities to provide leadership on this issue and help local communities to carry our further work for pollinators’.