B-Lines East and Midlands of England

Swanscombe Marshes © Daniel Greenwood

The East and Midlands of England supports a number of areas of national importance for pollinators. The diversity of habitats in the region includes well known wildlife hotspots such as the Brecks, the Thames Estuary, the Broads and the coasts of Norfolk and Suffolk. The East of England’s river valleys, coastal habitats, grasslands and heathlands all help to support outstanding populations of bees and other pollinators.

East of England B-Lines

The Shrill carder bee (Bombus sylvarum), Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis) and Five-banded weevil-wasp (Cerceris quinquefasciata) all have strongholds in the Thames Estuary. Meanwhile the nationally important UK population of Sea aster mining bee (Colletes halophilus) thrives on the saltmarsh and coastal habitats of the East of England. Inland, the region’s remaining heathlands, flower-rich grasslands and brownfield sites are depended on by a whole host of species.

However, agriculture and urban expansion have put pressure on some of the most valuable habitats for pollinators in the region. Many of the remaining wildflower-rich habitats are small and increasingly isolated within the landscape. Our B-Lines in the East and Midlands of England aim to expand and re-connect these remaining wildflower-rich sites to help our declining pollinators to move across the landscape.

The Norfolk and Suffolk B-line is the most advanced in the region.

Everyone who lives, works, owns land or goes to school on a B-Line can help, even if only in a small way.

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