B-Lines North West

The north west of England has a very diverse landscape which stretches from the Pennine chain in the east across the iconic uplands of the Lake District and Forest of Bowland, through significant areas of productive farmland in major river valley including the Ribble and the Eden to an extensive coastline. This landscape supports a wide range of high quality wildflower-rich habitats including coastal sand dunes, limestone pavements and grasslands, upland hay meadows and areas associated with existing or post industrial sites. Special areas for pollinators include the limestone habitats of Arnside and Silverdale and South Lakeland.

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North West B-Lines

The north west of England has seen significant losses of wildflower-rich habitat, particularly in the more lowland areas around the fringes of the Lake District National Park and Pennines, which   mirror the 97% decline estimated for England since the 1930s. Much of the wildflower-rich pollinator habitat in the north west is now fragmented and local conservation strategies highlight the need to improve connectivity of the remaining areas of habitat.

The B-Lines in the  north west were mapped with help from local and national conservation partners and identify a network which aims to link together wildflower-rich habitats from the north to the south of the region, and across into the dales of Yorkshire and Co Durham.  The B-Lines also connect through several large urban areas including Greater Manchester, Rochdale and Blackpool, where we hope to encourage  local councils and communities to manage urban spaces more effectively for pollinators.

The north west  B-Lines  will be used by Buglife and our partners to prioritise conservation efforts for pollinators across this rich and varied landscape.  We want partners to work with us to expand and reconnect wildflower-rich sites across the region, boosting the numbers of pollinating insects in our countryside and helping other wildlife such as bats.

Are you on a B-Line?  Look on the map above and find out what is happening in the north west of England.

At the current time Buglife is not actively engaged in B-Lines projects in the north west of England, however there are several highly successful projects carrying out wildflower-rich grassland  restoration within sections of the B-Lines network including

The South Pennines Grasslands project being co-ordinated by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Welcome to Meadow Life!   by Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Hay Time Project in the Forest of Bowland

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 West and look at our map to see where we need to be doing more.

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