There is increasing evidence that urban habitats with their mosaics of gardens, allotments, transport corridors, waterways, parks and amenity spaces capital can be just as important for pollinators as the countryside. London with it high percentage of green space provides amazing opportunities to benefit pollinators, through the provision of new or enhanced habitat. The city’s parks, gardens and wildlife sites all play an important role in helping pollinators and other wildlife, along with other areas such as brownfield sites, school grounds, road verges, allotments and railway embankments. There are already many pollinators in London, including both common and rare species. In fact over 370 insect species have been recorded in London which are important at a national or local level.
Organisation and councils across London are already taking action for pollinators and a report London’s Pollinators – Creating a buzz for the capital was developed in 2014. Several pollinator strategies have also been developed including The Royal Parks Pollinator Strategy.
The ‘Making a B-Line for London’ partnership is planning to develop B-Lines across London, increasing the diversity and abundance of pollinating insects across its green spaces and gardens. The Partnership also aims to raise awareness of the benefits of pollinators and encourage everyone to play their part in conserving these important insects.
A 70km long B-Line has been mapped weaving its way across London from the north to the south and connecting with B-Lines mapped in Kent and Hertfordshire. The London B-Line has been mapped to connect together important pollinator habitats, greenspace, parks and gardens. The B-Lines partnership is encouraging all those who live, work, own or manage land within the B-lines to take action for pollinators.
“Take part in creating our B-Lines” and find out more on our B-Lines FAQ.
Everyone who lives, works, owns land or goes to school on a B-Line can help, even if only in a small way.
Look at the project pages and partnership pages, to see some of the activity going on in London and look at our map to see where we need to be doing more.