North East B-Lines
Much of the wildflower-rich pollinator habitat in the north east is very fragmented and local conservation strategies highlight the need to improve connectivity of the remaining areas of habitat. Native insect pollinators are important to the local farming sector and food provision and the general lack of good semi-natural insect pollinator habitat has been recognised as a significant issue.
The B-Lines in Northumberland and Co. Durham were mapped with help from local and national conservation partners and identify a network which aims to link together internationally important upland hay meadows in the west to the coastal and magnesian grasslands further east, and the Tyne Valley and grasslands of the Cheviots across to the Northumberland Coast.
We are working with partners to ensure the B-Lines are used as a focus to prioritise action to create a more joined-up landscape for pollinators and other wildlife, providing a core area around which other pollinator habitats can be put back improving pollinator numbers in the farmed landscape.
Making a B-Line for the North East
The Making a B-Line for the North East project has been working with Durham Wildlife Trust, Sunderland Council and South Tyneside Council to increase and enhance wildflower-rich pollinator habitats in Co. Durham’s B-Lines. Find out more here
“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 the North East and look at our map to see where we need to be doing more.